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Announcing 1% For Land & Rivers

by Bergen Tjossem

Announcing the launch of 1% For Land & Rivers, a collaboration between the Eagle Valley Land Trust and Eagle River Watershed Council.

Protecting healthy rivers and open spaces in our community is simply good business. It is an investment in the future of our economy and community. We are fortunate to live in an area where the natural beauty attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.

Did you know that Eagle County’s population is projected to double in 35 years to over 100,000 people? Although we welcome these anticipated newcomers, many of us worry about the impacts to our natural resources. Now is the time to think about conserving what we have. 

Eagle Valley Land Trust and Eagle River Watershed Council together are Eagle County’s only non-profits exclusively focused on conserving and protecting rivers and open spaces for the benefit of the community. Together, we have launched the 1% for Land & Rivers Fund. EVLT and ERWC help local businesses to establish and promote the program to their customers & clients who voluntarily participate by making a 1% donation with their purchase. 

Funds collected help promote and restore healthy rivers, clean water, conscientious development, preservation of open space, wildlife and fish habitat, agriculture, water rights, and economic diversity throughout the Valley. Once the program reaches $100,000 in annual revenue, a portion of the funds generated will be allocated to a grant program, which will be open to organizations and entities working on land and water conservation projects in Eagle County.

The 1% for Land & Rivers Founder’s Circle is comprised of five local business that have demonstrated their firm commitment to protecting our community’s most important resources and have made this program possible:

Minturn Anglers

Sunrise Minturn Cafe

Colorado Meat Company

Alpine Quest Sports

Bonfire Brewing


Our lands and rivers are vital to our community. Photo courtesy of Ken Neubecker

Read the Vail Daily article about 1% for Land & Rivers here.

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