Fund creates a path to keep Routt County WHILD

A new fund created at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation supports wildlife habitat improvement in Routt County


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO – May 21, 2018- A new endowment fund recently established at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation (YVCF) will contribute to improving Routt County’s wealth of natural wildlife habitat.

The Wildlife Habitat Improvement Local District Endowment Fund (WHILD) will support wildlife habitat improvement projects, including capital projects, planning, research, studies, management, enforcement, education and other wildlife habitat improvement projects, for the public benefit within Routt County. As an endowed fund, funding will be available to enhance our local wildlife habitat resources in perpetuity.  The fund also allows our community another opportunity to participate as conservationists by supporting WHILD.

“We live in a community with a diversity of lands and opportunities. We enjoy and appreciate our connections to the land and we all utilize these resources in some form or fashion” explained Kris Middledorf, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Area Manager based in Steamboat Springs. “Conservation is a wise use and multi-use and a recognition as stewards that it is our responsibility to ensure these resources are here for current and future generations to enjoy as well.”

A $10,000 contribution donation has launched the fund.

Middledorf continued, “By increasing demands upon our natural resources to provide everything we so greatly enjoy, we can lead the way by funding local habitat improvement efforts the community believes in and supports.”


Pam Williams, YVCF Board of Trustee hopes the fund purpose will attract Routt County individuals and groups wanting their dollars going specifically to local habitat improvement with local accountability.

While the fund is owned by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, spending decisions will be made by a five-member board appointed by the YVCF board.  The appointees will consist of one appointee with expertise in habitat improvement, wildlife management, wildlife habitat management or wildlife biology from each of the following entities: Colorado Parks and Wildlife, United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado State Forest, and two members from the general public who each serves a three-year term.  Any grant recommendation made by the grant board to the YVCF Board must be unanimous.

In addition to the new WHILD fund, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation also holds similar endowment funds including the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund, South Routt Education Fund, Steamboat Springs Public Art Fund, and Yampa River Botanic Park Endowment Fund.

To learn more about the WHILD fund, visit

Contact: Helen Beall, Yampa Valley Community Foundation, 970.879.8632,