Conservation of 32 Acres in Jefferson County

Photo of Flying J Ranch barn and homestead

Conservation of 32 Acres in Jefferson County

Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) is pleased to announce the completion of a voluntary private* Conservation Easement on 32 acres in Jefferson County with the landowners of the historic Flying J Ranch. This ranch has been owned by the same family since the 1940’s when Highway 73 was still a dirt road. A large section of the ranch was sold to Jefferson County Open Space in several transactions beginning in 1995, creating the popular Flying J Ranch Open Space. MALT has worked with the landowners to protect the remaining private land surrounding the historic ranch house.

This property is located within MALT’s Red Rocks to Kenosha Pass Priority Area. It has a variety of natural habitats including land and water along North Turkey Creek, open hay meadows, natural springs and a forested hillside. Elk, black bear, deer and other wildlife are frequently spotted throughout the property.

MALT’s Land and Water Conservation Director, Dylan Sondermann, says “This project provided a fantastic opportunity to further landscape protection within a priority conservation area. MALT is truly thankful that the Schoonhoven family has donated a Conservation Easement that will forever benefit the people and wildlife that call Conifer home.”

*Please note this property remains private with no public access.