|EVLT hopes to finalize the Cordillera L ridgeline conservation easement in the coming months.
EVLT is pursuing several new land conservation transactions. Eagle County commissioners have indicated that they would consider supporting agricultural land conservation easements after several years of focusing on recreational projects. Broadening the portfolio is a goal of the county, which means seeking conservation easements not just geographically spread around, but also varying by the kind of use and conservation values being protected, including conserving the few remaining agricultural properties in the county. While it is unlikely the support for agricultural land conservation projects would be as substantial as those projects completed in early years of the county program, the amounts being discussed are none-the-less substantial and EVLT is greatly encouraged. As a result, EVLT has begun reaching out to ranch owners in collaboration with the Eagle County CSU Extension office and 4-H. Several property owners have approached EVLT to preserve over 500 acres along the Colorado River and EVLT is deliberately and diligently pursuing the conservation of these lands. Stay tuned.
EVLT is protecting the lands you have supported and is gearing up to do so again. To better maintain connections with our land owners, EVLT is once again performing monitoring in-house. Matt Stern has done a great job preparing and organizing internal files as well as monitoring procedures to reflect the most up-to-date best practices. You can be confident that EVLT continues to meet its ongoing obligation to confirm that the original conservation intention of the landowner is being honored this year.
Trails on West Avon Preserve have been a great amenity and the Town of Avon and the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Alliance have been great partners. As with any conserved property allowing recreation, we will get requests to allow events and EVLT is currently helping the town evaluate and appropriately respond to one such request now involving a possible Enduro race as part of Vail Mountain Games.