Announcing Our Next Field Trip - A Walk Back In Time Stroll these 120 acres in western Elbert County and feel yourself go back in time as you walk on the historic Smokey Hill Trail or explore intact remnants of native grasslands and the ponderosa pine Black Forest. Round out your morning walking along Gold Creek with the landowner, looking for imperiled butterflies, or identifying rare or sensitive vegetation. For directions and details, RSVP to Christine Strickland at (303) 988-2373 x212 or cstrickland(at)coloradoopenlands.org
Spring field trips are coming! Our first trip is Saturday May 4th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at 5 Fridges Farm. Tour an innovative urban farm with us and learn about bee-keeping, raising chickens, starting your own vineyard or CSA, and more. RSVP required by May 2 to Christine Strickland (cstrickland(at)coloradoopenlands.org or 303-988-2373 x212). Join us, and check back here for more trips as we get them set up!
Great news! Continuing our long-standing partnership with the Whinnery Family, Helen Whinnery just donated another conservation easement to Colorado Open Lands, protecting another 160 acres of her ranch! The Whinnery Homestead Ranch is home to numerous wildlife species, including the bald eagle, and has a variety of subalpine coniferous forest, irrigated native grass meadows and sagebrush uplands throughout the property.
We are proud to announce that Sarah Parmar, one of Colorado Open Lands’ Land Conservation Specialists, has just been accepted into the Colorado Water Leaders Program!The Water Leaders Program offers emerging Colorado professionals the opportunity to develop their leadership potential with a focus on water resources issues. Congratulations, Sarah!
2012 was a great year for Colorado Open Lands with so many great easements and great partnerships. We would like to share one of these moments from our Holiday party with special thanks to Colorado Native Lager for their support of Colorado Open Lands!
Recent closing: Red Dirt Open Space conservation easement (formerly known as the Nottingham project)was closed recently with Eagle County . The Red Dirt Open Space project is a GOCO funded acquisition of 228 acres of undeveloped land including about 1.75 miles of Colorado River frontage. Eagle County will use the property for low-impact recreational uses such as hiking, access to adjacent public lands for hunting, and to provide overnight camping opportunities for river users.
Colorado Open Lands is pleased to announce the permanent
protection of the spectacular 1,017-acre Colorado River Ranch with a conservation easement.
The ranch straddles the Colorado River in Eagle County and allows for the establishment of several public access points, including a boat-launch for river users and access to the Bull Gulch Wilderness Study Area. The ranch is also enrolled in the Colorado Parks and Wildlife walk-in access program for waterfowl hunting.
The ranch can be seen from Eagle County Road 301 (Colorado River Road), and from the railroad line that runs through the property where Amtrak passengers can enjoy the view. Read more by clicking here!
Recently we closed on the 1,083-acre Marrs Family Farm conservation easement, which compliments another closing on the adjacent 7,968-acre West Bijou Creek conservation easement. That totals 9,051 protected acres of scenic and agricultural open space, relatively natural habitat, and education and recreational land that also has historical, scientific and archeological values!
Colorado Open Lands President Dan Pike, along with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and noted conservationist Louis Bacon recently came together to help create a new place of refuge. Read more on our Press Page!