The 120-acre Nelson Property in Montrose and Delta Counties was homesteaded in the 1880s, and many of the original structures are still standing. Today, the property is used for livestock grazing and hay production. It’s just three miles outside the Town of Crawford in the Clear Fork Area. The property consists of irrigated fields, sagebrush, pinyon-juniper trees, and a half mile of frontage along Clear Fork Creek. Habitat is provided for Gunnison sage-grouse, bald eagle, black bear, elk, mountain lion and mule deer. The Nelson Property is located in an area dense with other protected lands. More than 12,000 acres of agricultural lands are conserved within 10 miles of the property!
Natural Resources Conservation Service was a project partner.