Sharp Property Conservation Easement

Sharp Property Conservation Easement

37 acres donated on 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 grows and harvests hay, and leases pasture for livestock grazing.
  • Scenic Open Space: The public can view this from County Road 57, Colorado Headwaters National Scenic and Historic Byway (US Highway 40), the Wildlife Viewing Area at Windy Gap Reservoir, and the BLM land to the west. This scenic property is surrounded by open and scenic views of the Continental Divide, the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, and the Fraser River Valley. Over half of the property is open and scenic hay meadow. The four neighbors surrounding the property also hold conservation easement with Colorado Headwaters Land Trust, making one large block of land approximately 211 acres that is protected from development.
  • Wildlife Habitat: The property provides habitat for elk, mule deer, bobcat, red fox, coyote, snowshoe hare and mountain lion, and is located in the overall range of the greater sage grouse. Due to the property’s proximity to Windy Gap Reservoir and the Fraser River bottomlands, the property is also used by numerous species of 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.