Loveland Bike Trail
 

Property: Sylvan Dale Conservation Easements
Priority Area: Big Thompson River Corridor (map)
Size: 1160.7 acres

Description

photo of acquisition area

Much of Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is protected through a series of conservation easement partnerships that began in 1999. These easements preserve important wildlife habitat, minerals, and aesthetic values of the land near the mouth of the Big Thompson Canyon. The landowner continues to manage the property, consequently there is no general public access.

Property Information

Type of Acquisition #Acres Property
Value
Partnerships
Bargain Sales
Donations
Date
Acquired
Public
Access

Conservation Easement

220 $ 225,000 Larimer Co. - $ 0
Landowner - $ 225,000
2004 No

Conservation Easement

70.0 $ 360,000 Larimer Co. - $ 184,000
Landowner - $ 176,000
2003 No

Conservation Easement

136.2 $ 422,616 Larimer Co. - $ 244,566
Landowner - $ 145,490
Loveland - $ 32,620
2002 No

Conservation Easement

140.0 $ 620,000 Larimer Co. - $ 222,620
Landowner - $ 230,000
Loveland - $ 32,620
GOCO* - $ 134,760
2001 No

Conservation Easement

150.5 $ 400,000 Larimer Co. - $ 0
Landowner - $ 400,000
2000 No

Conservation Easement

444.0 $ 595,000 Larimer Co. - $ 271,250
Landowner - $ 148,750
Loveland - $ 75,000
GOCO* - $ 100,000
1999 Potential future
trail connection

* 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.

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

Background Image: Loveland Bike Trail by Sharon Veit. All rights reserved.