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2007 year granted

110 acres

Conservation Values Protected

  • Agricultural Open Space: The property has been used for cattle and sheep grazing since the earliest settlements on the lower Troublesome River Valley in the early 1870s.
  • Scenic Open Space: This public can see this scenic easement property from the Colorado Headwaters National Scenic and Historic Byway (US 40), the Colorado River, and BLM land bordering the property on its southeast, south, and northwest boundaries. The BLM land is used on a regular basis for mountain biking, hiking, camping, and hunting. This property is directly west of another conservation easement held by Colorado Headwaters Land Trust, together creating 180 acres of preserved land. The property itself is very scenic and is surrounded by views of mountains and valleys. Views from the property include Haystack Mountain, Parkview Mountain, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Byers Peak Wilderness, Eagle Next Wilderness, the Gore Range, Troublesome Creek Valley, and the Colorado River Valley.
  • Wildlife Habitat: Colorado Parks and Wildlife has identified this property as severe winter range for greater sage grouse, pronghorn, and mule deer. Sagebrush habitats are some of the most jeopardized, yet critical wildlife habitats in Colorado. The original grantors reported observing up to 500 head of antelope throughout the year and 300 elk in the winter. The property lies along a wildlife access route to the Colorado River and along a migration corridor from Wolford to Elk Mountain. Large wildlife species depend on lower elevation areas, such as this property, that have less snow accumulation in the winter and ample sagebrush forage resources.