Remembering Dr. Steinberg

When I first met Dr. Tom Steinberg a few years ago, I was just one week into my job as executive director of the Eagle Valley Land Trust, eagerly learning everything I could. Polite, quiet, welcoming and warm, he invited me into his home. 
Dr. Steinberg pictured at Farm to Fork in August
The land conservation world has lost one of its steadfast advocates, Dr. Tom Steinberg, President Emeritus of the Eagle Valley Land Trust - pictured here with friends last month at our Farm to Fork benefit dinner.

Years of civic leadership, good living, and hard work had taken its toll on his 90-year-old frame. His beloved wife, Flo, was gone and his eyesight was failing. Yet, as he explained his life story and his involvement in the local open space movement on Vail town council and as the President of the board of directors of the land trust, he physically changed. He became more animated, smiling, joking, explaining the history of past efforts, and clearly advising the course for the future. We chatted for two hours and I felt as if I'd made a new, intimate friend and ally in the effort to conserve our cherished lands. Indeed, this was the imprint Tom left on everyone on the board and staff at EVLT.

We met several more times during the last few years of his life to discuss the status of projects he completed and to strategize about new challenges.  When we look around we see Dr. Steinberg's touch on our landscape, something that will now live on forever thanks to him. Without his leadership, this land trust would not exist today to conserve additional land. With each new deal, his legacy lives on.

The Town of Vail and our entire valley are so very lucky to have had such a tireless supporter of open space. He made an effort to support EVLT up until the end of his life by being an important presence at our Farm to Fork benefit in August, and sitting for an interview for an upcoming EVLT video just a few short weeks ago.

As he showed me out of his home back in 2014, Dr. Steinberg noticed my eagerness to learn. In his calm and thoughtful way, he urged me to be patient. "Don't worry, it'll take some time to get your bearings here, but you will do the right thing when the time comes for action."

His calm guidance and assurance will always in the back of my mind as it comes time for action - conserving additional lands for the benefit of our community. Farewell Tom. I will miss you as will your entire extended family at the Eagle Valley Land Trust.

Jim Daus
Executive Director
Buchholz Winfrey Ranch and Homestead Conserved

Buchholz Winfrey Ranch Homestead Cabin Photo
Eagle Valley Land Trust is thrilled to announce the completion of its 34th Conservation Easement in Eagle County: the historic Buchholz Winfrey Ranch and Homestead. At 1,760 acres, this is the land trust's second largest conservation easement to date. 
Located just three miles northeast of the Town of Eagle, this parcel of land features highly visible scenic views and critical wildlife habitat. 
1_760-acre_ Historic Buccholz Winfrey Ranch conserved forever
The 1,760-acre, historic Buccholz Winfrey Ranch, overlooking the Town of Eagle, has been conserved forever
The landowners, Tim and Leslie Winfrey, grew up in Colorado, with Tim being one of the descendants of the Buchholz family whom originally homesteaded the land. 

Remarkably, the conservation easement was fully donated by the Winfreys to the Land Trust. While the family will receive state and federal tax benefits, most importantly they gain peace of mind that the legacy of the Buchholz family property will be conserved in almost the same state as it was a hundred years ago for the benefit of all future generations. For more information click here.

Did You Know...

...EVLT is leading a Horn Ranch Historical Tour?

Join Eagle Valley Land Trust and Eagle County Historical Society for a scenic hike to the historic quarry at Horn Ranch this Thursday, October 5. Enjoy this unique opportunity to access this beautiful private property and learn about local history. For more information about the hike, click  here.
Email [email protected] to reserve your spot. 

...EVLT is working to protect wildlife passages?

EVLT is working with local partners to identify wildlife passages and ways to protect these important corridors. Specifically, we are looking at how deer, elk and lynx move around and how to help keep these pathways open for them. To learn more about habitat we already protect click  here.
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