MALT Announces the Conservation of 216 Acres!

Pasture with private dirt road

MALT Announces the Conservation of 216 Acres!

Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) is pleased to announce the closing of a Conservation Easement on two parcels with the same landowner: 196 acres Park County, east of Hartsel and 20 acres in El Paso County. The properties contain grasslands and ponderosa pine woodlands that provide food, shelter, breeding grounds, and migration corridors for numerous wildlife species. Serving as summer range for elk, mule deer, and pronghorn, both parcels are also summer concentration areas for black bear.

The Park County 196 acre parcel is mapped by the Colorado Natural Heritage Program as potential breeding habitat for mountain plover, a near threatened species that is most in danger of extinction without significant conservation action. Protection of this land provides a habitat bridge between Pike National Forest to the east and James Mark Jones State Wildlife Area to the west.