Routt County Riders Challenge the Community to support WHILD

A $5,000 matching challenge through 1/15/2019 will double the value of donations to the Wildlife Habitat Improvement Local Fund (WHILD). The purpose of the WHILD Fund is to provide a permanent endowment to 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.

A board that includes one appointee with expertise in habitat improvement, wildlife management, wildlife habitat management or wildlife biology from local land managers, as well as two members from the general public, will be responsible to make granting decisions on an annual basis, beginning in 2019.

Routt County Riders (RCR), a local cycling advocacy nonprofit organization, will match up to $5,000 beginning today until 1/15/2019. Kelly Northcutt, executive director of Routt County Riders, explained why RCR felt strongly about offering the matching challenge, “Routt County Riders acknowledges that there may be impacts to wildlife as a result of trail development. We plan, design and build trails to have the least amount of impact, but we recognize there is some level of disturbance and we would like to contribute to mitigating these impacts.”

The WHILD fund is held at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, a primary source for philanthropic resources and education for donors and nonprofit organizations. For more information about the WHILD fund, contact Helen Beall at 970-879-8632. To contribute, go to