Thanks to the citizens of the Pikes Peak region, on Friday, November 19, Palmer Land Trust reached its goal of raising $40,000 to place Manitou Section 16 under permanent conservation easement. The easement guarantees that this property, which receives over 150,000 visitors annually and was once nearly lost to private interests, will be protected FOREVER. Palmer had outstanding support for the project from local community members, with over 100 individuals and organizations contributing.
Two weeks ago, Palmer was $10,000 short of its $40,000 goal. At the beginning of this week, it was less than $6,000 away. The Conservation Fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation pledged $3,000—provided Palmer could raise the remainder by its deadline. Palmer owes a debt of gratitude to everyone who came through and helped close out this remarkable effort by making phone calls, sending out emails, hosting fundraising events, and offering special promotions though their businesses.
The transfer of Section 16 from the State Land Board to the City of Colorado Springs is scheduled to take place before the end of the year, and the conservation easement will be concluded at the time of transfer. This is a decades-awaited project. Throughout the years, Manitou Section 16 has been a symbol of the Pikes Peak community’s commitment to open space protection, its value of the region’s rich natural heritage, and its tenacious ability to see a project through to completion. Thank you for supporting the effort to guarantee the protection of Manitou Section 16 forever through this permanent conservation easement.
Click here to learn more about the history of this long awaited conservation project.