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.
Central Colorado's Saguache Creek corridor has a rich history: once home to prehistoric peoples, it was also an important transportation route for the Ute Indians.
Located just east of Crested Butte, Cold Spring Ranch has operated in Gunnison County since the 1870s.
This Greenprint identifies critical assets across the county and helps guide land conservation efforts to protect these working ranches and farms, clean rivers, scenic views, and places for recreation.
A sixth generation ranching family chooses a modern solutuion to keep their livelihood alive.
In 2000, this critical strip of land nestled between two designated wilderness areas near Aspen and Crested Butte was in jeopardy from development.
Middle Bijou Creek Ranch, located just south of Deer Trail and 40 miles
east of Denver, occupies an important role in a growing network of
public and privately conserved agricultural and wildlife properties that
The Catamount Ranch near Colorado Springs had been a YMCA camp for decades, but eventually was put up for sale. Competing with numerous development proposals, TPL saved the great majority of the ranch for public access in 1996.
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.