Barnard Property Conservation Easement

Barnard Property

59 acres donated on December 18th, 2007 as part of the Granby 5 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 ranch owned by the landowner’s family starting in the 1920’s.
  • Scenic Open Space: The public can view this scenic property from County Road 57, the Colorado River Headwaters National Scenic and Historic Byway (U.S. Highway 40), the Wildlife Viewing Area at Windy Gap Reservoir, BLM lands to the west and the Amtrak National Rail Passenger Service (Union Pacific Railroad). The property is surrounded by open and scenic views of the Continental Divide, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, and the Fraser River Valley; and adjoins four conservation easements to the east of the property that are also held by Colorado Headwaters Land Trust.
  • Wildlife Habitat: The property provides habitat for elk, mule deer, bobcat, red fox, coyote, snowshoe hare and mountain lion. The property, adjacent to the Windy Gap Reservoir and southwest of the Fraser River’s confluence with the Colorado River, provides habitat for numerous waterfowl. The senior Fraser River water rights of these properties 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.