Panagini/Southard Property Conservation Easement

Panagini/Southard Property Conservation Easement

39 acres donated December 27, 2007 as part of the Granby 5 conservation easements.

Water rights encumbered.

Conservation Values Protected:

  • Agricultural Open Space: The property has been used for growing and harvesting hay or pasture for livestock for 90 years or more. It was once part of a larger cattle ranch. The current landowner has a horse breeding operation and grows and harvests hay.
  • Scenic Open Space: The public can view this property from County Road 57, Colorado Headwaters National Scenic and Historic Byway (US Highway 40), the Wildlife Viewing Area at Windy Gap Reservoir, and BLM land to the west. Over half of the property is open and scenic hay meadow. The Colorado Headwaters Land Trust holds conservation easements on the four neighbors to the west of this easement, resulting in a total of 221 acres in adjoining conservation easements. This scenic property is surrounded by open and scenic views of the Continental Divide, the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, and the Fraser River Valley.
  • Wildlife Habitat: The property provides habitat for elk, mule deer, bobcat, red fox, coyote, snowshoe hare and mountain lion, and it is within the greater sage grouse’s overall range. Due to its proximity to Windy Gap Reservoir and the Fraser River bottomlands, the property is habitat for numerous species waterfowl. The property’s senior Fraser River water rights ensure water delivery to the Granby 5 properties, thus helping to protect water quality as well as fish and waterfowl habitat in the Fraser River upstream from the ditch that feeds the easements. A large percentage of this irrigation water returns to the Colorado River, downstream of the Fraser’s confluence with the Colorado River, through overland flow and deep percolation, thus helping maintain water flow for fish and waterfowl habitat and water quality in the Colorado River.