Aspen Valley Land Trust

“Support from The Trinchera Blanca Foundation has helped AVLT conserve the sweeping hay meadows, scenic vistas, hiking trails and wildlife habitat that make this valley such a special place to live.” – Martha Cochran, former Executive Director, AVLT

Aspen Valley’s open spaces are threatened by growing populations, demand for new development and infrastructure, and challenges related to high-value real estate. And when open spaces are in danger, so are the water resources they encompass.

Enter the Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT). As the oldest land trust in the State of Colorado, and an acknowledged leader in the conservation community, AVLT’s mission is to permanently preserve open lands for agriculture, wildlife habitat, and scenic enjoyment and recreation in the greater Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys. Since 1967, AVLT has worked hand in hand with private landowners and partners to conserve almost 40,000 acres of land. AVLT’s legal and ethical commitment also extends to ensuring permanent stewardship and enforcement of conservation easements– much like the commitment we must all make to assure our fresh air, clean water, local food supply, scenic views, and wildlife thrive long after our own lifetimes.

A fishing guide at Marble Basecamp, home to the outdoor education initiative supported by AVLT to foster a connection between nature and the middle school students of Marble, Colorado

A fishing guide at Marble Basecamp, home to the outdoor education initiative supported by AVLT to foster a connection between nature and the middle school students of Marble, Colorado

Technology-Assisted Conservation Easement Management
AVLT works with landowners to conserve their property – protecting private land through a conservation easement ensures that open lands are protected in perpetuity for wildlife habitat, agriculture and scenic views. AVLT not only acquires these easements but also enforces their conditions. In fact, AVLT has developed a tablet-based monitoring program that allows them more time to focus on other projects and priority landowners, while also maintaining sound documentation of conserved properties, and perhaps even accelerating the pace of conservation. The proof: AVLT conserved over 38,000 acres on 172 different properties including Amy’s Meadow and Marble Basecamp in 2016.

Louis Bacon and The Trinchera Blanca Foundation are proud to support the Aspen Valley Land Trust. Learn more here.