1,683 acres, Delta county
The 1,683-acre S&R Allen Ranch property lies west of the Town of Crawford on Fruitland Mesa in Delta County. This mesa is characterized by productive agricultural lands and incredibly scenic views of the surrounding North Fork Valley and West Elk Mountains. Significant development pressure has resulted in subdivision development and a high concentration of conserved lands, held by COL and other groups. The ranch features habitat for black bear, elk, mountain lion and mule deer, including important winter habitat and migration corridors for both elk and mule deer. Critical habitat is provided for Gunnison Sage-grouse, a sagebrush obligate species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The property is almost entirely surrounded by BLM lands, which tie into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and existing conserved properties. The ranch is managed for mixed livestock (goats, sheep and cattle) and hay production.
The project is completed in partnership with Natural Resources Conservation Service, Gates Family Foundation and American Bird Conservancy.