151 Acres Conserved In Southern Jefferson County

Photo of conserved area in Conifer with meadow and forest.

151 Acres Conserved In Southern Jefferson County

Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) is pleased to announce the permanent protection of 151 acres in southern Jefferson County. Thanks to a strong neighbor-to-neighbor effort, MALT now holds 11 voluntary conservation agreements along Pleasant Park Road, Ridge Road and Kuester Road in Conifer and Littleton, collectively conserving more than 1,100 acres of connected land and wildlife corridors.

MALT Executive Director Lynn Caligiuri (left), Larry Eidlen, MALT Land and Water Conservation Director Christine Strickland.

The 151 acre “Rocky Top” is owned by Larry Eidlen. The property is a beautiful mixture of woodlands with aspen stands and small meadows providing a varied and complex habitat. A natural spring on Larry’s land provides a water source for wildlife, including mule deer, elk, wild turkey, black bear, bobcat, fox, marmots, and mountain lion, along with a wide variety of birds, insects, smaller mammals and raptors including Golden Eagle, a federally protected species.

Larry shares “this conservation easement has put me at ease – all of my desires and dreams for the property will go on forever in perpetuity, no matter what happens in the future. MALT showed extreme sensitivity as they worked with me to meet my needs and my wants, preserving what is important to me on the property. Their staff even added in stuff that I would have never thought about, which is really amazing.”

Larry’s conservation easement closes a significant conservation “donut hole” which now creates a contiguous corridor of MALT conserved land. Lynn Caligiuri, MALT Executive Director shares, “Larry is a true steward of the land. He values and understands the importance of protecting his property’s pristine natural areas and connecting vital wildlife habitat for the future. We are grateful to Larry for this wonderful gift and legacy and to all the neighbors that have protected this area!”