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Respect The Wild Campaign | Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance

by Bergen Tjossem

Head over to to learn more about the Respect the Wild Campaign, take the pledge, and enter to win! The winter has brought some of our county’s most distinguished members down for the mountaintops and to the forefront of …

Trust Our Land: Together we can double conservation in ten years

As open spaces in our community become fewer and farther between, protected land becomes far more valuable, and protecting more land grows increasingly critical. As we chip away at a pipeline of exciting large-scale projects focused on protecting the scenic open spaces, critical wildlife migration corridors, and recreation opportunities that support our mental and physical well-being, we’re grateful to this community for its continued support. 

It’s because of you that we’re ready to take on this goal to double conservation in the next ten years. Thank you for joining us on this journey to protect our community’s most important lands. Forever. For all.

Trust Our Land: Championing wildlife as the seasons change

By Keri Inouye Sunrise breaks over the Cordillera Ridgeline. Below, in the meadow where they bedded down the evening before, Rocky Mountain elk shake the frost off their coats. They spent much of the spring and summer roaming this alpine …

Trust Our Land | Here’s where we’re at with Sweetwater Lake

by Bergen Tjossem

Four years ago, a beloved local property, Sweetwater Lake, went up for sale after development plans failed to materialize once again. It had been on the verge of private development for decades. The most recent proposal? Luxury homes, a golf …

Sweetwater Lake | Information and FAQ’s

by Bergen Tjossem

Note: Sweetwater Lake is in transition between private and public ownership. Please give managers time to activate the property. Signage, infrastructure, and access projects are in progress. US Forest Service trails surrounding the property are open to the public.All photographs …

Community Comes First | EVLT’s Community Conservation Initiative

by Bergen Tjossem

Envisioning a new future for local conservation work is no easy feat. EVLT’s Community Conservation initiative aims to spur EVLT and partners to the forefront of tomorrow’s conservation. By better understanding the values of our community, we can begin to …