Preserving Ranching Heritage and Open Space at the Trampe Ranch

Jul 9, 2015

The Trampe Ranch extends over 30 miles along the East River Valley and provides 6,000 acres of some of the most outstanding scenery and open space in Colorado. The effort to preserve the ranch through conservation easement is an opportunity to protect stream habitat, montane meadows, local food production and the beauty that draw visitors to the area. The ranch also provides habitat for elk, deer, black bear, mountain lion and Gunnison Sage-grouse. The easement would protect the property from being subdivided and developed so that it will remain part of the ranching heritage of the region and its history of sound environmental stewardship.

Preserving the Trampe Ranch, which accounts for about 25% of the county's annual agricultural productivity, will benefit the community as a whole. According to a 2010 study by the Trust fo Public Land, Coloradans get roughly $6 in benefits for every $1 invested in conservation easements. These benefits from intact landscapes include water supply, flood control, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, carbon sequestration and local control of food supply.