County Offices and Courts will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016 in observance of the President's Day Holiday. The Landfill will be open. Critical services at Larimer County are not disrupted by closures.
Property: Prairie Ridge Natural Area
Priority Area: Fort Collins / Loveland Corridor
Size: 792 acres
The Prairie Ridge Natural Area serves as a community
buffer between Loveland and Ft. Collins.
(Photo by Dan Schmeh)
This buffer area is not open to the public. Its purchase is an example of protecting a way of life as well as land. Agriculture has long been associated with Larimer County, and this purchase allows for the continuation of Prairie Ridge Natural Areaing under a lease agreement.
|Type of Acquisition||#Acres||Property
|Fee Simple||792.0||$ 3,139,000||Larimer Co. - $ 437,881
Loveland - $ 1,892,764
Fort Collins - $ 308,355
GOCO* - $ 500,000
|2000||Future Regional Trail|
* Great Outdoors Colorado
The Prairie Ridge Natural Area is managed by the City of Loveland and co-monitored by Larimer County and Legacy Land Trust. The property is currently leased for dryland farming, but would be re-seeded back to native prairie if farming should cease to continue. It is possible that part of a regional trail could run through part of this property, however public access is not currently allowed at the Prairie Ridge Natural Area.