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Property: Blue Mountain Bison Ranch Conservation Easement
Priority Area: Blue Mountain (map)
Size: 4100 acres

Description

photo of acquisition area

Blue Mountain Bison Ranch Conservation Easement is currently used for grazing and raising bison as breeding stock. It is not open to the public. The ranch is primarily open foothills that will remain in a substantially undisturbed, natural state as a result of this conservation easement. This property possesses a combination of natural, scenic, open space, wildlife, aesthetic, ecological, and environmental values. Additionally, the property helps to preserve cultural and historical values by protecting historic ranching grounds in the vicinity of an old stagecoach stop on the old road from Loveland to Estes Park.

Property Information

Type of Acquisition #Acres Property
Value
Partnerships
Bargain Sales
Donations
Date
Acquired
Public
Access
Conservation Easement 4100.0 $ 2,666,000 Larimer Co. - $ 1,350,500
GOCO* - $ 650,000
Landowner - $ 666,000
1999 Limited Guided Tours

* Great Outdoors Colorado

Management Plan

When only the development rights of a property are purchased, as in the case of a conservation easement, any future development of that land is limited. The landowner continues to manage the property, and the land remains on the tax rolls. Land with a conservation easement is not generally open to the public because it is still in private ownership.