Palmer Land Trust has been approached by the City of Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor about the potential role of a conservation easement on the Strawberry Hill parcel as a component of the proposed land swap.
Palmer Land Trust's mission is to ensure the protection of open lands in southern Colorado. We work with public and private landowners to permanently conserve key properties that hold scenic, ecological, agricultural, and/or recreational values that contribute to our region's identity and high quality of life. A key component of Palmer's mission is to advance public recreation opportunities and accessible open space together with our city and county partners. In the spirit of General Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs and our namesake, we envision a city characterized by parks and green spaces.
A conservation easement on Strawberry Hill could offer permanent conservation of the property by ensuring it remain largely undeveloped. A conservation easement could also ensure public access of the trail network. Depending on the goals of the community and the City of Colorado Springs, a conservation easement could be a positive component of the proposed land swap.
The Palmer Board of Trustees has not approved or committed to pursuing a conservation easement. Board and staff are currently exploring whether a conservation easement on Strawberry Hill is a good fit for the community and aligns with our mission. We value our longstanding relationship with the City of Colorado Springs and look forward to continuing the conversation about how we can best promote open space in our region.
For more information on the land swap, visit https://parks.coloradosprings.gov/explore-play/explore/parks/proposed-land-exchange.