The Colorado West Land Trust has announced an agreement to conserve a 680-acre ranch on Glade Park.
The Johnson Ranch is located on the south-facing rim of Unaweep Canyon, where mountain mahogany, conifers and aspen cover the slope that leads to the valley floor.
“The land trust helped us preserve the property for a number of reasons — the wildlife habitat, the views and so that this ranch can continue to serve as agricultural land in the future. Some of those reasons aren’t always talked about in conservation, but are important. There has to be a balance between preservation and the dynamics of a location, meaning our solution is unique,” said Eric Johnson, who owns the property with his sister, Lisa Mauser, and parents, Bob and Patti Johnson.
Great Outdoors Colorado and the Natural Resources Conservation Service provided funds to complete the project.
The conservation of the Johnson Ranch builds on efforts by Colorado West Land Trust to protect unique natural and agricultural characteristics in Glade Park and has resulted in the protection of nearly 50,000 acres of private land.
The Colorado West Land Trust has conserved a total of more than 125,000 acres in six West Slope counties. For information, visit https://cowestlandtrust.org.