…by Vicky Gits
Mountain Area Land Trust of Evergreen announced Jan. 6 it had closed a conservation easement on an 80-acre property near Divide in Teller County. Conserving this private property connects the surrounding Pike National Forest to maintain a valuable wildlife corridor. The property features a large pond, several springs, and wooded hillsides, making excellent wildlife habitat. Moose, elk, mountain lions and eagles have been spotted on the property. There are also remnants of an 1850’s homestead that will be protected by the easement.
Separately on Dec. 30, the land trust announced closing on a conservation easement on a beautiful 71-acre property near Bailey. The land has breathtaking mountain and river views and includes a half-mile of river frontage on the North Fork of the South Platte River. This easement ensures the habitat and scenic vistas will be conserved forever.
In the early 1900s, a Denver bicycle club owned the land and held bike races in the meadow near the river. In the mid-1900s, the property was used as a church summer camp. The current owners have owned the property since 1994. MALT has been working with these owners for several years.
Founded in 1992, MALT is a nonprofit organization that primarily helps facilitate the conservation-easement process for private landowners. Since inception it has protected nearly 15,000 acres in Park, Jefferson and Teller counties.
For information see www.savetheland.org