Carter Mountain Ranch Conservation Easement

Carter Mtn Ranch

160 acres donated on November 13th, 2006.
Water rights encumbered.
Conservation Values protected:

  • Agricultural Open Space: A Swiss named Schwab originally homesteaded this property. The original homestead cabins are still standing and the property has been used as a cattle ranch since then.
  • Scenic Open Space: The public can view this property from County Road 29, which parallels the property along its western boundary and is a popular route to hunting areas and used by both residents and visitors, and from Colorado State Trust Land that completely surrounds this scenic property. Another easement held by Colorado Headwaters Land Trust is located nearby.
  • Wildlife Habitat: This property protects the wildlife corridors that wild game currently uses to move between the forested areas of higher elevations to the north and the sagebrush and grasslands found at lower elevations to the south. It also protects wetland and riparian areas associated with Carter Creek. Carter Creek and three other drainages run through this property and support several species of willows, grasses, and forbs. According to the landowner, native Colorado Cutthroat trout used to be found in Carter Creek.