The Trust for Public Land worked with the LaRue family to secure funding to purchase a conservation easement for this 186 acre ranch in the Upper Arkansas River Valley.
More than 2,000 acres of the Sawtooth Mountain Ranch surround tributaries of the Uncompahgre River, which supplies drinking water to more than 76,000 people. For several years, The Trust for Public Land has worked with the ranch owner to protect the property from being sold and developed.
Sale and development of the ranch would have compromised recreational access to the river as well as water quality. To prevent this, The Trust for Public Land worked to protect the ranch with a conservation easement that will safeguard the corridor’s rural character and scenic views.
Located just ten miles northeast of Gunnison, Fossil Ridge is completely surrounded by the Gunnison National Forest.
Tucked away in the beautiful backcountry of southwestern Colorado, Mitchell Lakes and Flattop Mountain boast native grass meadows, seasonal ponds and wetlands, and dense conifer forests.
TPL’s protection in August 2011 of 225 acres of high-country mining claims in the San Juan Mountains, speaks to the area’s rich past and uncertain future.
Since 1981, The Trust for Public Land has protected nearly 10,000 acres of Colorado greenbelts—land that provides a buffer between open space and development or helps define a community's growth boundary.
In June 2010, The Trust for Public Land purchased a large section of land on the edge of Crested Butte that had been owned by the local family since 1905. The conservation transaction was the largest in the town's history.
This spectacular valley in south-central Colorado is one of the last remaining places where ranching is still the main way of life. Since 2000, TPL has spearheaded an ambitious and collaborative program to preserve the beauty and way of life in the Wet Mountain Valley.
In 2000, this critical strip of land nestled between two designated wilderness areas near Aspen and Crested Butte was in jeopardy from development.