MALT Announces the Conservation of 644 Acres in Park County
Mountain Area Land Trust is pleased to announce the conservation of 644 acres in Park County. The property adjoins 765 acres previously donated by the same landowner. Mountain Area Land Trust and the landowner worked together to ensure that more than 1,400 acres of land will continue to provide wonderful wide open spaces, just a few miles southeast of Fairplay.
The property is highly visible from State Highway 9, which is adjacent to the property for almost 2 miles and is an important highway corridor linking southeast Colorado to the mountain resorts in Summit County. The property is also visible from U.S. Highway 285, an important highway corridor linking the Denver region with the recreation and vacation opportunities in central Colorado.
The property contains grasslands and wetlands that provide food, shelter, breeding grounds and migration corridors for numerous wildlife species. The Property serves as important habitat for species such as elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope and numerous songbirds, amphibians and small mammals. Portions of the property have been identified as potential habitat for mountain plover, a Colorado species of special concern. The property will continue to be grazed by livestock, as it has traditionally been used, since being homesteaded in the late 1800s.