Changing Aspen Leaves - RMNP

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Property: Kauffman Conservation Easement
Priority Area: Big Thompson River Corridor
Size: 73.6 acres


This 73.6-acre conservation easement donation is the largest financial donation the Open Lands Program has received to date. It includes a 16-acre pond and approximately 16 acres of wetlands. Typically, conservation easements are not open to the public, however the landowner, through a special arrangement, has graciously donated a trail easement, and trailhead. It is our vision that sometime in the future the public may have an opportunity to witness the incredible views on this site, as they hike on this future trail.

Property Information

Type of Acquisition #Acres Property
Bargain Sales
Conservation Easement 73.6 $ 800,000 Larimer Co. - $ 0
Landowner - $ 800,000
2001 Potential regional trail

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.

* This conservation easement is monitored by Larimer County Open Lands.

Background Image: Changing Aspen Leaves in Rocky Mountain National Park by Jeremy Hollis. All rights reserved.