Rusty Shovel Ranch Conservation Easement

Rusty Shovel Ranch Conservation Easement

49 acres donated October 10, 2006.
Water rights encumbered.
Conservation Values protected:

  • Agricultural Open Space: The property has been continuously ranched since the United States granted the patent in 1909. The landowners have historically used the land for grazing cattle and horses. The current landowners are fourth generation ranchers in Grand County and continue to rotate cattle from pasture to pasture to assure even grazing.
  • Scenic Open Space: The public can view this scenic property from Grand County Road 3, which is a major route for commuters and tourists traveling between Grand and Summit Counties. Colorado Headwaters Land Trust holds another easement just south of this easement, together creating 119 acres of protected land. The Skylark Ranch Conservation Easement (over 4,000 acres) is located directly west and held by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
  • Wildlife Habitat: The greater sage grouse use this property for nesting and brood rearing; the property is located within a half mile of a sage grouse lek. Mule deer are seasonal residents on the property and use the area during spring and fall migrations. The property is within a critical migration corridor for mule deer.