Lost Creek Ranch Conservation Easements 1-4

Lost-Creek-Ranch

300 acres donated December 27, 2005. 285 acres donated August 25, 2006. 450 acres donated December 31, 2007. 522 acres donated December 31, 2008. Totaling 1557 acres.
Water rights encumbered.
Conservation Values protected:

  • Agricultural Open Space: The primary use on this property is cattle grazing. The grass is healthy and lush, often more than a foot tall, due to the landowners use of rotational grazing.
  • Scenic Open Space: The property is visible from County Road 3 near Ute Pass and from neighboring BLM lands. Protection of this property preserves the scenic drive that so many Grand County residents experience on a daily basis. The four conservation easements are adjacent to each other and total 1557 acres under conservation easement. Two conservation easements held by Colorado Headwaters Land Trust and one held by another entity are located nearby.
  • Wildlife Habitat: According to the landowners and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, this property is calving grounds for deer and elk. Mule deer and elk are present on the property at all times except during severe winter times. Greater sage grouse use the area for nesting and brood rearing. The property is within a mile and a half of a sage grouse lek. Skylark Creek and the wetland areas provide excellent riparian habitat.