Palmer Land Trust is proud to announce it has received $300,000 from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to preserve 1,135 acres of Wilson Creek Ranch, which will permanently conserve the entire 2,212-acre ranch. Palmer conserved the initial 1,077 acres in June in partnership with the property’s landowners.
Wilson Creek Ranch is situated along Shelf Road, a prominent leg of The Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway, in Teller and Fremont counties. The ranch includes scenic open spaces, ranching opportunities and wonderful wildlife habitat for mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, bears, turkeys and brown trout.
The project contributes to Palmer’s mission of protecting and conserving natural areas and open lands that represent Colorado’s agricultural, scenic, and recreational heritage.
“Wilson Creek Ranch is a rugged and beautiful ranch, closing a conservation gap along the historic Shelf Road. It is adjacent to Bureau of Land Management property as well as other conserved ranches, creating a cohesive and protected landscape in this geologically and historically rich area. Funds from GOCO will go directly towards purchasing a conservation easement on the property, ensuring it will remain as rugged open lands forever,” said Rebecca Jewett, Palmer Executive Director.
Palmer provides ongoing stewardship oversight to all of its protected landscapes, working closely with landowners to ensure each property’s conservation values are upheld in perpetuity. It is one of the largest local land trusts in the nation based on the number of acres conserved.
GOCO invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state's parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. GOCO's independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a Constitutional Amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 4,500 projects in urban and rural areas in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. More than one million acres have been preserved to date. Maps and lists of funded projects are available at www.goco.org.