Colorado Open Lands is pleased to announce we’ve just completed our fifth mitigation bank conservation easement project! This property in Morgan County consists of 197 acres owned by the State Land Board, which owns and manages land to earn money for Colorado public schools. The property contains the confluence of the Milliron Draw and the South Platte River, and includes over half a mile of the latter. Habitat is provided for bald eagles, turkeys, white-tailed deer, and migrating waterfowl. In protecting the land and creating the mitigation bank, restoration and enhancement work will begin to reconnect former wetland areas that have been impacted by sediment deposits from past floods. Invasive species will be removed, and native vegetation will be planted. This will improve the floodplain and ecological function of the wetlands and provide improved habitat.
The State Land Board was a project partner.