There Are Many Ways to Get Involved
You can help preserve open space in the Rocky Mountain area of central Colorado by supporting the efforts of Continental Divide Land Trust!
- Make an Online Donation
- Volunteer in CDLT activities
- Place land in a Conservation Easement
- Refer landowners interested in conservation
- Make a gift of appreciated stock
- Include CDLT in your estate plans
Benefits of Supporting Continental Divide Land Trust
Supporters are the lifeblood of Continental Divide Land Trust and your support is needed! You can have a significant impact on open land protection by becoming a Member today.
Benefits of supporting CDLT :
- The CDLT Newsletter which features land protection information from around Summit County, stories & successes.
- Opportunities to visit protected properties through our volunteer monitor program and special events.
- Email alerts, invitations to special events, and more.
- Connection with others who share a similar passion for the land.
- The satisfaction in being part of a solution to protect Summit County’s most important resource…. the land itself!
How We Use Your Donation:
- To permanently protect our community’s scenic beauty, natural heritage, and fragile wildlife and plant ecosystems, through negotiated conservation easements, land donations and education. For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions.
- To provide funding that allows us to negotiate and hold Conservation Easements on public and private land.
- To educate the community about land protection tools and issues.
- To communicate with land owners who are interested in preserving their land.
- To work to accept conservation easements and implement other open space preservation efforts.
Please Join Us!
We invite you to support the Continental Divide Land Trust with your on-line contribution now.
You may also mail or fax your donation by downloading and printing this support form (pdf).
Continental Divide Land Trust
Mailing: PO Box 4488, Frisco, CO 80443
Office: 106 N. French Street, Suite 210-3, Breckenridge CO
Email: click here
Volunteers are vital to the work of Continental Divide Land Trust. We welcome you to join us in protecting the beautiful open spaces of the conserved lands of Summit County and the surrounding area.
Volunteers help in many ways, including:
- Monitor protected properties
- Lead nature walks and weed pulls
- Send out CDLT newsletters and mailings
- Plan and work at special events
Without our dedicated volunteers, many of CDLT’s successful conservation projects would not be possible. Please assist our efforts in saving mountain landscapes forever. Here are just a few volunteer opportunities…
Land Protection and Stewardship: We are looking for land conservation enthusiasts in Summit County, Colorado and the surrounding area to oversee conservation easements held by CDLT and to help with annual monitoring.
Land Stewards: Each property protected by the Land Trust has a Land Steward, a volunteer who is trained on the conservation values of the property, the property boundaries and areas of special concern, and the specific terms of the conservation easement. The Land Steward visits the property occasionally, and takes the lead in monitoring the conservation easement property, working with other volunteers to take photos, notes, and to answer questions and fill out the Easement Monitoring Form.
Monitoring Volunteers: Conservation Easements held by a Land Trust must be monitored annually to ensure that the conservation values of the land are being preserved and to determine if the terms of the easement are being upheld. Each year, CDLT monitors each of the conservation easements it holds (see Easement Stewardship Day), using staff and trained volunteers. Monitoring volunteers walk the boundaries of the property and check internal areas of interest, taking notes and photos at designated photo points along the way. Using photos from previous years’ monitoring visits, volunteers note any changes to the property.
Easement Stewardship Day: Every year CDLT hosts Easement Stewardship Day, gathering interested monitoring volunteers for a training session in the morning and an actual easement monitoring visit in the afternoon. For information on the next Easement Stewardship Day, click here.
Weed Pulls: Noxious weeds are a growing problem in our mountain communities. The Land Trust has made progress in eradicating weeds on several conservation easement properties thanks to the efforts of our volunteers who join us for our weed pull days.
Trail Work and Construction: We collaborate with other organizations and local governments to provide volunteer opportunities to help build new trails or maintain older trails on or near our conservation easement properties.
Special Events: We are looking for individuals who like to create and organize various events and activities for CDLT members. Volunteer projects may include event help such as taking tickets or selling books, or longer-term projects like collecting silent auction items, marketing, or organizing an aspect of the event.
Office Team: We can use some extra hands in the office to process thank you letters, file, and help with bulk mailings, membership renewals, and drafting newsletter articles.
Awareness and Education / Membership Outreach: We are looking for individuals interested in helping CDLT build its constituency and increase greater participation in programs and events.
You may also copy and paste the completed volunteer form into a Word document and email it to us at email@example.com.
In accepting a Conservation Easement, the Land Trust assumes the legal obligation to carry out the donor’s desires by upholding the terms of the easement–forever. The Land Trust is responsible for protecting the conservation values on easement properties and must be prepared to monitor and defend all its easements, including taking on legal battles when necessary. The Stewardship Fund has been set aside to cover the costs of monitoring and defending CDLT’s Conservation Easements. It enables CDLT staff and volunteers to make annual visits to each property and to gather current information about the land. As the Fund builds, it will insure CDLT’s ability to take whatever actions are necessary to uphold the terms of the easement.
A simple way to support Continental Divide Land Trust and to ensure the necessary funds to protect the precious natural resources of Summit County, Colorado and the surrounding area is to include CDLT in your will. Please talk with your attorney about making a bequest to the Land Trust the next time you update your estate planning.
Gifts of appreciated stock will benefit the Land Trust with an immediate donation and may benefit the donor with tax advantages. Please talk with your financial advisor about making a gift of appreciated stock.
For more information about Planned Giving options, please contact Continental Divide Land Trust at 970-453-3875 or contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.