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.
Located just ten miles northeast of Gunnison, Fossil Ridge is completely surrounded by the Gunnison National Forest.
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.
South Table Mountain is an oasis of solitude within a sea of development. A volcanic mesa rising above the western Denver metro area, it provides a welcome refuge for people and wildlife.
In October 2005, TPL helped the owners of Dunn Ranch place a conservation easement over the property, which protects the land from development and ensures that the ranch's water will continue to be used for agricultural purposes.
Adams County, northeast of burgeoning Denver, has been struggling to maintain farms and open space in the path of growth. In 1999, TPL helped county residents mount and pass a voter initiative that created a dedicated sales tax for the protection of open space.
In late 2009, TPL helped permanently protect a high mountain meadow in Chaffee County through conservation easement on this family-owned ranch.