Vallecitos High Country Ranch

The scenic Vallecitos High Country Ranch offers dramatic views and a rich, healthy habitat. But at 11,655 acres, this key property in the Rio Vallecitos watershed is at high risk of development. TPL and our partners are working to protect this area, keeping it as a working ranch full of old growth trees, wet meadows, and clear creeks.

The Vallecitos property is located just west of the Carson National Forest and includes more than 9,000 acres of mixed conifer, aspen, and spruce fir. It also includes several miles of riparian woodlands along the Rio Vallecitos, Jarosa Creek, and North Creek. Riparian woodlands are rare in the state and provide homes to trout, beaver, and birds.

In April 2009, TPL completed Phase I of the project, protecting 2,213 acres of the ranch through a permanent conservation easement funded through the U.S. Forest Service Forest Legacy Program.  Funding for the second phase of the property - another 3,100 acres under conservation easement - has been submitted to the Forest Legacy Program for consideration during the federal Fiscal Year 2011.

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