MALT Announces the Conservation of 75 Acres!

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MALT Announces the Conservation of 75 Acres!

Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) is pleased to announce the closing of a Conservation Easement on 75 acres in Jefferson County in the center of MALT’s Peak to Peak priority area. The property is owned by Greg and Frances Penkowsky. Greg is a MALT Ambassador and the recipient of the 2014 Bud Simon Preservationist of the Year award.

The surrounding terrain and sweeping vistas provide a strong sense of seclusion. From the high point on the Penkowsky property many protected lands are visible, including White Ranch Park, Coal Creek Canyon Park, Golden Gate Canyon State Park and a Jefferson County held Conservation Easement.
The Conservation Easement provides additional protection for the Ralston Creek Open Space lands, safeguarding the ridgeline on the south side of Ralston Creek and protecting the viewsheds of thousands of acres of both county and state lands. Building envelopes on the property were sited to ensure the viewshed is forever preserved.

A great deal of ecological and forests restoration work has been completed on the entirety of the property as well as adjacent lands. Special attention has been given to the retention, recruitment and creation of snags for cavity nesting birds.
Several acres were identified by the Colorado Natural Heritage Program as having very high biodiversity significance, and Red Wind Flower plants (anemone multifida) that are considered uncommon are found on the Penkowsky land.