Spring Valley Ranch Conservation Easement

Spring Valley Ranch Conservation Easement

70 acres donated on October 19, 20006.
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 continue to graze cattle on their property.
  • Scenic Open Space: The property can be viewed from Grand County Road 3, which has become a major route for commuters and tourists 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 property provides habitat for large, wide-ranging animals such as mule deer and elk. In particular, the property provides critical winter range for mule deer. Natural springs on the property provide a source of drinking water for wildlife in the winter. The property also provides habitat for bobcat, coyote, badger, pocket gophers, chipmunks, mice, ground squirrels, voles and a diversity of other species. The property provides habitat for an estimated 17 species of breeding birds, including greater sage grouse that use the property for nesting and brood rearing.