MALT Announces the Conservation of 207 Acres in Park County!

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MALT Announces the Conservation of 207 Acres in Park County!

MALT is pleased to announce the completion of a Conservation Easement on 207 acres in the Tarryall region of Park County. This Conservation Easement, located just a few miles northwest of Lake George, was generously donated by the Hendershot family that has owned the ranch for several generations. Located within the ranch is the historic ruins of Hayman, a town established in the 1859 Pikes Peak Gold Rush that housed miners set on finding gold and later copper. Once the major gold and copper mines were played out, the town attempted to transition to cattle ranching. By the 1930’s, Hayman was deserted – only a single cabin foundation remains of the once thriving town. The Hendershot Family Ranch is surrounded on three sides by the Pike National Forest and provides excellent wildlife habitat along with scenic views for those recreating on nearby public lands. A majority of the property is a thriving grassland habitat fed by springs and seasonal creeks. Higher up on the slopes are healthy Ponderosa pine and Colorado spruce forests that are estimated to have been undisturbed for over a century.

MALT Land and Water Conservation Director, Dylan Sondermann, says: “MALT is grateful to the Hendershot family for their generous donation to conservation efforts. Protection of this historic ranch will create a greenway for wildlife to cross between adjacent public lands and prevent further fragmentation of critical habitats.”