High Altitude Society: Eagle Valley Land Trust evening of events promotes county conservation efforts
Special to the Daily
The Eagle Valley Land Trust held its annual Farm to Fork and Garden to Glass fundraiser at the stunningly beautiful Donovan’s Copper Bar Ranch on Aug. 22. In addition to raising funds that will further the group’s mission “to protect forever the land that we love, to preserve our heritage, scenic beauty, recreational opportunities and wildlife habitats, and to build a permanent legacy for future generations,” guests celebrated the many successes of EVLT. The trust has conserved 36 properties, more than 11,000 total acres, 35 miles of public trails, protected 10 miles of river corridor and a total conservation value of over $67 million.
Garden to Glass started the night with a friendly competition for the best drink made by local mixologists, all of whom had to use sage as the secret ingredient. There were several outstanding entries, but in the end, the $500 award and two tickets to the Farm to Fork dinner went to Terra Bistro and its Sage + Vice cocktail. Eric Berg and his talented team at Vail Catering Concepts prepared appetizers and the locally sourced farm-to-table dinner menu. Knapp Ranch donated farm produce and auction items to the event.
Founded in 1981 by Roger Tilkemeier and forest ranger Don Price, EVLT is a community-funded nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of open space, wildlife habitat, ranches and recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike. Tilkemeier and Price recognized that our rivers and vast open spaces would draw people and businesses from around the world as the local recreation industry surged forward.
Some reports estimate that three acres of land are developed in Eagle County every day. That rate will increase as our county’s population doubles to approximately 100,000 people in the next 35 years. The EVLT believes that land conservation is a critical piece of our community’s long-term plan to maintain a high quality of life. They work to create more accessible, protected land that helps get youth outside, reinforces our community’s recreation-based economy and allows every member of our community to experience nature’s plentiful benefits. Executive director Jim Daus thanked everyone for their generous support of this goal, mentioning the event partners and sponsors, staff, hosts and the hardworking volunteers.
Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at email@example.com.