Read our past enewsletters:

Photo courtesy of the Aspen Historical Society, Shaw Collection

Vol. 16 August 2016
Amy’s Meadow: Here Today, Here Tomorrow
The meadows that gave rise to the Aspen Meadows Resort are here to stay. The Aspen Institute’s iconic central meadow, Amy’s Meadow, which lies on the edge of Aspen’s West End between the Aspen Meadows Resort and the Aspen Music Tent, was recently conserved in perpetuity through a conservation easement donated to AVLT. Read more… Photo courtesy of the Aspen Historical Society, Shaw Collection

Also featuring:Donor spotlight: Charlie Cole and It’s Land Dance Time!

ErinVol. 15 May 2016
AVLT Staffing News
Most recently, Erin Quinn joined our team as Conservation Director straight from work with the State Department in Mozambique. A Colorado native, Erin completed her master’s degree in natural resource management at Colorado State University, and began her conservation career as a Conservation Trust Fellow. Read more…

Also featuring:
New Digs! Officewarming Friday, June 3 4:30-6:30 p.m., In Memoriam: Doug Ziegler and John Dolinsek.

Birds Eye View_West Elks Loop_All Conserved Private LandVol. 14 February 2016
Introducing Executive Director Suzanne Stephens
The Aspen Valley Land Trust Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Suzanne Fusaro Stephens, long-time Associate Director of Aspen Valley Land Trust, has been named as the new Executive Director of the conservation organization. Read more…

Also featuring:
Cool bobcats, AVLT welcomes new development director Valery Kelly, Donor spotlight: Skip Behrhorst, Conserved lands along the West Elks Loop within the Crystal River Watershed, In Memoriam: Dr. Richard Timmer and Kathy Rippy

DSC_3910Vol. 13 January 2016
Happy New Year in conservation
In a show of support unprecedented in AVLT’s 48-year history, the Roaring Fork Valley community (and in some cases, well beyond!) stood up for Marble Basecamp. Read more…

Also featuring:
Congressional Gift to Conservation, Volunteer/Donor spotlight: Cathy Porter

Vol. 12 December 2015
Community shows up for Marble Basecamp
Marble Basecamp will be preserved for outdoor education – forever – thanks to the overwhelming generosity and support of the community toward Aspen Valley Land Trust’s effort to raise funds to purchase and protect the property. Read more…

Also featuring:
Happy Trails Martha Cochran, In Memoriam: Craig Barnes, (Holiday) Food for Thought


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Vol. 11 October 2015
Marble Basecamp: Securing the future for public outdoor education
For more than 45 years, thousands of middle school children have listened to the nighttime forest, learned to backpack and camp, and developed an appreciation for the natural world that comes only from experience.  The Marble Basecamp for that program, a 57-acre parcel, is now for sale read more…

Also featuring:
A Bird’s-eye perspective of conservation, In Memoriam: Dave McDonald and Dan Kerst, AVLT staff joins 2,000 land trust professionals at the annual national conference

Vol. 10 September 2015
12th Annual Save the Land Dance
More than 300 guests – sponsors, conservation landowners and supporter – enjoyed a classic Colorado summer evening at the 12th annual Save the Land Dance, on August 22 at the John Nieslanik ranch above Carbondale read more

Also featuring:
North Star Nature Preserve: volunteer opportunity, Lands for Life: John Nieslanik Ranch, AVLT celebrates National Public Lands Day

Jordan Curet/Aspen Daily News

Vol. 9 July 2015
North Star Nature Preserve: A New Plan
Photo by Jordan Curet/Aspen Daily News
The 175-acre North Star Nature Preserve is a magical place that has evolved from a cattle ranch acquired by Pitkin County in 1978, to the wildlife sanctuary and recreational hub it is today, read more

Also featuring:
Cooperative Rangeland Stewardship, Lands for Life: Silt River Preserve, Coming Attraction: Tour de Farm, August 1, 2015

snowmass trail mapVol. 8 June 2015
This summer get out and enjoy some of the benefits of land conservation!
Pitkin County is home to numerous world class trails, many of which pass through properties with conservation easements held by AVLT, read more…

Also featuring:
AVLT’s fearless leader hanging up her hat, Colorado invests in conservation, Aspen park signs, Along the Rio Grande Trail: Coffman Ranch and the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo

map with key CR

Vol. 7 May 2015
Crystal River Project:
Improving stream health, habitat and public access
In 2012, the American Rivers named the Crystal River the “8th Most Endangered River in America” and people took notice. With 18 conserved properties in the Crystal River Valley, AVLT has long invested in protection of this watershed, read more

Also featuring:
Kea C. Hause River, Riparian and Restoration Fund (R3), Conserved property update: West Elk Ranch Conservation Easement, Along the Rio Grande Trail: French Open Space and W/J Ranch

bird migration

Vol. 6 April 2015
Neotropical Birds:

Linking AVLT to the International Conservation Community
Every spring brings exciting seasonal changes to our area, including the arrival of dozens of species of birds that fill our eyes and ears with nature’s beauty. Many of these birds are neotropical migrants that breed in Canada and the U.S. during the summer and spend Colorado read more

Also featuring:
Ashcroft Protected in Land Exchange, 5Point Film Festival, Along the Rio Grande Trail: Red Butte and Stein Ranches


Vol. 5 March 2015
In Memoriam: Dana Darien
Our hearts are saddened by a great loss to the Roaring Fork Valley community and our extended AVLT family. Dana Darien, who passed away March 13, 2015, was a wonderful mother (and new grandmother!), wife, friend, rancher, bed and breakfast hostess, and the light read more
(Click here to read Dana’s obituary).

Also featuring:
Congratulations to Dawn Barton Welles, Along the Rio Grande Trail: Grange Ranch, AVLT Welcomes new Project Manager Dave Erickson

george phillips

Vol. 4 February 2015
In Memoriam: George Phillips

George Phillips loved his horses, the mountains and the American West. At one time the youngest U.S. Attorney General, George served five U. S. presidents and was legendary for his defense of human rights and fight against corruption read more
(Click here to read George’s obituary).

Also featuring:
Private land conservation in Divide Creek, Along the Rio Grande Trail: Rock Bottom Ranch

jackson final

Vol. 3 January 2015
In Memoriam: Carter Jackson, a Friend of AVLT
Cowboy, rancher, veterinarian, veteran, community leader, father – Carter Jackson wore many hats, all with a goodness in his heart and a twinkle in his eye. He had many interests, but land conservation – particularly protecting land for agriculture – was his passion, read more

Also featuring:
Who’s Living on the Land?, Lands for Life: Conserving a Slice of Redstone History, Along the Rio Grande Trail: Dart Ranch


Vol. 2 December 2014
Private land conservation and wildlife
With all the public land in the area people often ask why AVLT is so focused on conserving wildlife habitat. The short answer is because most of the important winter wildlife habitat is in the valley bottoms, which are mainly comprised of private land. As you can see read more

Also featuring:
Conserved property update: Dolinsek Park Conservation Easement, Along the Rio Grande Trail: Lazy H Slash 11 Ranch, Partnering with Vectra Bank to support local open lands, Thank you for your donation on Colorado Gives Day


Vol. 1 November 2014
Lazy V Quarter Circle Ranch – Moose safe and sound
Just a few miles above Glenwood Springs, partially within Thompson Divide, is a 320-acre wildlife sanctuary now protected forever. Thanks to the Bershenyi family’s decision to conserve their high-mountain ranchland, resident moose will be able to raise calves read more

Also featuring:
On the air – find out how AVLT works, AVLT Welcomes new Communications Manager, New regulation good for landowners, Colorado Gives Day – help break the record, Amazon Smile – support AVLT without donating out of pocket

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