Palmer Land Trust has raised $28,000 of the $40,000 needed to place the Manitou Section 16 property under permanent conservation easement. The easement will guarantee that the property is protected and open to the public—forever. The deadline to raise the remaining $12,000 is November 19.
The Colorado Springs community nearly lost Manitou Section 16 to private interests, despite the fact that the property, which has been open to the public for decades, receives 150,000 visitors annually. Today, the City of Colorado Springs and the State Land Board, the property’s current owner, are poised to complete a purchase deal that will place this property in the City’s hands. The conservation easement, which is being supported by public contributions and is a mandatory condition of the purchase, will be concluded simultaneously with the closing.
Help Palmer Land Trust conclude the conservation easement fundraising effort. Donate $100 or more before Friday, November 12, and receive a free Manitou Section 16 aerial poster (see low resolution image below). This frameable aerial image, from Donley and Associates, Inc., is printed on 20"x30" photo quality paper. It includes regional park boundaries, elevation contours, and GPS coordinates (UTM and lat/long degrees).
Image 1: Manitou Section 16 Aerial Poster
Image 2: Example of Detail of Manitou Section 16 Aerial Poster