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EVLT Program Video Wins National Competition

by Bergen Tjossem

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You did it! Your votes propelled the Land is Our Connection video, featuring EVLT-conserved properties, to first place in the national Land Trust Alliance “Land is My…” contest.

Why is this important to you? The producer, Ben Dodd of Capture the Action productions, collaborated with EVLT and designated EVLT to receive the grand prize of $10,000 to help our land conservation mission.

The $10,000 prize will be used to fund the transition of our Stewardship and Outreach Manager position, staffed by Jessica Foulis, from part-time to full-time beginning in 2018. Through this position, EVLT will be able to provide additional resources and support to landowners engaged in conservation on their land. EVLT monitors easement properties annually to ensure the public benefits and ecosystem value created by each agreement are maintained by participating landowners. Further, EVLT provides a monthly hiking series and youth programming in collaboration with other organizations and non-profits. These programs provide environmental education and outdoor experiences centered around land conservation themes. With a move to full-time, Jessica will have more time to work on these important, collaborative programs.

More importantly, this is an award for all of you, our great community, and the places we love and have protected permanently for future generations.

Eagle County’s iconic landscapes, wildlife, and ranches have received national attention through this video contest. This is a huge honor for our community and to those dedicated to conserving our natural and cultural resources for future generations to enjoy.

Congratulations and thank you to Ben Dodd and his team at Capture the Action Productions for placing a national spotlight on the Eagle Valley Land Trust.

To learn more about the competition and the Land Trust Alliance, click here.

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