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2014 Cow Patty Bingo

Thanks for your interest in EVLT's latest news. Save August 8, 2015 for the EVLT Legacy Festival and don't forget to buy your cow patty bingo tickets here before they sell out!


See more information on Legacy Festival below.

Welcome Hope Kapsner, Tina Nielsen, and Tom Wessel!

EVLT is excited to welcome Hope Kapsner and Tina Nielsen to our board of directors.  Tom Wessel is our newest addition to the EVLT staff.  Meet them below!

Hope Kapsner
Hope Anderson Kapsner was born and raised at Anderson Camps, where Sweetwater Creek flows into the Colorado River. She was one of six members of Vail Mountain School's class of 1982. Hope studied history at Colorado College, graduating with a BA in 1986. After college she moved to Telluride, Colorado where she lived for fifteen years. In 1993, she and her best friend opened one of Telluride's first gourmet restaurants, 221 South Oak. Candice Bergen once told Hope that 221 was the favorite restaurant of her late husband, the French film director Louis Malle. In 2002 Hope moved back to Sweetwater with her husband, Matt, and her two sons, Bryce and Quinlan, where they manage her family ranch.

T ina Nielsen
Born and raised in Boulder, Tina has an MS in natural resource economics. Serving on the City of Boulder Open Space Board of Trustees ignited a passion for land conservation and eventually led to a career in open space management with Boulder County, where Tina has worked as a planner and project coordinator for 18 years. Tina also serves on the Board of the Colorado Open Space Alliance. Tina's Vail connections go back 22 years when she met her husband, Andy Littman. Their son now attends high school at Vail Mountain School and competes as a Nordic ski racer.
Tom Wessel
Originally from the Chicago area, Tom visited the Rocky Mountains often as a child. Upon earning his B.A. from the University of Richmond in International Relations and German, he made his way to Vail in 2008. After nearly eight years as Database Administrator at a local non-profit, helping also with operations and development efforts, he joined the Land Trust to help protect the mountains and valleys that drew him here. Tom and his wife Elizabeth enjoy raising their young daughter, Piper, on a conservation easement property and sharing with her the wonders of nature. In his free time, Tom is a pilot, ham radio enthusiast, reader, and writer. He loves skiing and exploring the mountains.

To meet all our staff and directors, please click here.


Saturday August 8, 2015, Eagle Town Park, 4:00-7:00pm

Together, we are all making a difference!


Become a Presenting Sponsor today!  For more information, contact Tom Wessel at 970-748-7654 or twessel@evlt.org. 

Legacy Festival Sponsor LogosThe EVLT Legacy Festival brings together rural non-profits, local agencies, and local businesses that have conservation in their mission and business plan to celebrate our community's efforts towards making this place even better in the future. Combining last year's hugely successful cow patty bingo event, the conservation theme of EVLT's past Evergreen Ball events, and an exposition for community organizations and businesses that incorporate conservation into their mission and business plans, it is sure to be a great time!


Free entry to all. Cow patty bingo tickets on sale here.



Bond parcel moves closer to  State Land Board Stewardship Trust nomination

Last fall, the Eagle Valley Land Trust advocated for the designation of the Colorado State Land Board's 560-acre Bond parcel to be placed into the Stewardship Trust. This property is located along the Colorado River in northern Eagle County along Highway 131. It is noted for its fantastic wildlife and recreational values. The State Land Board Stewardship Trust protects parcels owned by the SLB which have important habitat for fish, wildlife and native plant life in Colorado. As a result of EVLT's efforts and the efforts of other partners such as Eagle County, the Bond parcel was upgraded to the Stewardship Trust Designation List, which is a group of lands used as a reserve to replace any parcels removed from the SLB Stewardship Trust. This is a great step towards protecting this fantastic property permanently! 


EVLT advocates for Wildlife
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has been working with various stakeholders, including EVLT, for the past year to revise the State Wildlife Action Plan. This plan is the 10-year vision for plant and animal conservation in Colorado. Eagle Valley Land Trust has been integral in the planning process by making conservation easements the highest priority for various species of concern in Eagle County and Colorado. We look forward to Colorado prioritizing conservation easements as the best tool for sustaining our state's amazing plants and animals.  Your support helps EVLT continue this critical, local advocacy work!
Did you know...

...that the Eagle Valley Land Trust monitors on an annual basis all protected lands? Matt Stern, EVLT's Land Conservation Specialist, has visited nearly half of the properties so far this spring and summer, and can report that the conserved land is looking fantastic. Taking care of our protected lands is a large undertaking, and Eagle Valley Land Trust would like to thank our landowners for the great job they do to preserve forever these beautiful open spaces. Below are some photos from Gates Ranch (Burns, Colorado) and Spud Cellar (Eagle, Colorado) conserved lands.
Early-morning view Gates Ranch, looking east.

Spud Cellar in Eagle, Colorado.
Join EVLT on a Harrington's Penstemon Hike, July 11!

EVLT is leading a hike to view Harrington's penstemon, a special and rare flower found in only six counties in Colorado. Have you ever spotted one? If you haven't, then please join Eagle Valley Land Trust for our free, guided hike July 11 to explore the 478-acre West Avon Preserve conservation easement to view Harrington's penstemon. For more information about this beautiful flower, click here.

To RSVP for the hike, please contact Matt Stern at 970-748-7654 or mstern@evlt.org.

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If so, please let us know so that we may thank you during your lifetime.


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Consider adding EVLT as a beneficiary of your IRA.


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Yours in conservation, 

Eagle Valley Land Trust

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