How to Join the Land and Rivers Fund

The easiest way to join the program is to get in contact with us directly. We’ll provide materials and guidance every step of the way. Email us at [email protected] to get started. You’ll be connected with Melanie Smith, of Eagle River Coalition, and/or Bergen Tjossem, of Eagle Valley Land Trust. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Program Guide

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 hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Did you know that according to the Colorado State Demography Office, our county is set to double in size in the next 35 years? Now is the time to think about conserving what we have! We ask you to join us in protecting the resources of our community, so that future generations may enjoy all of our natural wonders.

Eagle Valley Land Trust and Eagle River Coalition (formerly 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 Land & Rivers Fund. We help local businesses to establish and promote the program to their customers & clients who voluntarily participate by making a small donation with their purchase. Customers and clients have the opportunity to opt-out of the program. The donation and ability to opt out is clearly communicated to customers through promotional signage provided to you.  

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.  

Why Should I Participate?

  • Support the natural beauty of the Eagle Valley.
  • Maintaining the beauty and health of our lands and rivers protects our local economy.
  • Funds are reinvested locally.
  • Encourage collaboration between nonprofits.
  • It is easy to implement.
  • This is an opportunity to showcase your business a supporter of healthy land and rivers.
  • Free signage, promotions, and benefits that display your support of land and water.
  • No cost to businesses!

The packet includes:

  • General information on the Land & Rivers Fund
  • Benefits for your business if participating in the Land & Rivers Fund
  • A sample of the signs that can be placed in your store window

Benefits to Participating Businesses

  • A social media post announcing your business as a new supporter of the Land & Rivers Fund and an annual recognition post via social media.
  • A Land & Rivers Fund thank you ad, listing each participating business, printed in local papers at least one time per year.
  • If desired by the business, the Land & Rivers Fund will arrange a check presentation one time per year. Usually, the corresponding photo is printed in the Vail Daily’s Town Talk and/or social media.
  • Highlighted articles in the Eagle Valley Land Trust and Eagle River Coalition newsletters about participating businesses.
  • The knowledge that you are helping to protect the waterways and special lands of the Eagle Valley!