Archive for the ‘Land Conservation’ Category

Colorado Rivers and Streams Benefit from Lease of Water Rights

July 6th, 2012

A recent article from The Denver Post says that this year’s looming drought has prompted a new push to prevent harm to streams and rivers by temporarily leasing water normally diverted to household taps, farms and ranchlands. Water authorities and conservation groups say that these leases ensure sufficient water in streams and rivers will mean the difference between life and death for fish, bugs, animals and riparian vegetation.  » More: Colorado Rivers and Streams Benefit from Lease of Water Rights

Recently Reduced Colorado Ranches

February 27th, 2012

Mountain Spirit Lodge on the Navajo River – Reduced to $5M

Located in Chromo, Colorado, these 115 acres enjoy one mile of Navajo River frontage and boast a main lodge, river house, barn and outbuildings.  Truly a magical place where art and nature coexist, Mountain Spirit Lodge on the Navajo River has some of the best fly fishing in the lower 48 states, in addition to resident wildlife including turkey, elk, Mule deer, black bear and lion.  The main lodge is comprised of 6,000 sqft  and the river house is situated on the Navajo River and is a short walk to the main lodge. The Mountain Spirit Lodge on the Navajo River is a sportsman’s paradise wonderfully suited for families, corporations or anyone looking for a majestic getaway.

Antero Mountain Ranch – Reduced to $2.5M

Surrounded entirely by the grand splendor of the San Isabel National Forest, the Antero Mountain Ranch is a 160-deeded acre inholding offering panoramic views of towering mountain peaks, excellent year round access, underground utilities, convenience to nearby amenities, world-class recreational access and unmatched peaceful solitude! This gated, end-of-the-road oasis offers total privacy and endless recreational pursuits from the convenience of the 2,800 sqft lodge style home.  Alpine lakes, secluded waterfalls and endless trails can be accessed directly from the property making this an ideal retreat for equestrian enthusiasts, big game hunters, hikers or those who simply are looking for a quiet respite in Colorado seclusion.

Arapahoe County makes its biggest ever open-space purchase

January 17th, 2011

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Arapahoe County last month purchased 2,800 acress of open space, the largest acquisition ever under the county’s open-space program. 

The county paid $2.69M for the Bradbury Bijou Creek Ranch, a family cattle grazing operation near Byers since 1958.

The land, about 50 miles east of Denver is bordered by 12,000 acres of conserved lands, including the West Bijou Conservation Easement to the east and Plains Conservation Center to the south. 

Check out the full article at http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_17053073

Why We Like Land Trusts

September 21st, 2010

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Written by: Bob Kiesling
In the late 1970s and early 80s a wave of land trusts began to form and ripple across America. By 2008 there were more than 1,700 of these organizations, and collectively they had preserved nearly 37,000,000 acres of important habitat, open spaces, greenways, corridors and parks. Much of the birth, growth and success of such non-profit organizations derives from public recognition that Government – be it Federal, State or Local – simply cannot be expected to conserve all the important landscapes our citizens have come to cherish. Because it remains the case, even in these times of widespread economic recession, that the pace of sprawl and development far outstrips the pace of land and water conservation, the role of land trusts is as compelling as ever. Ironically, while broad and deep downturns in real estate values have presented some great opportunities for land trusts to acquire key lands or purchase development rights, or be granted conservation easements, sources of funding (public and private) have also sharply downturned. » More: Why We Like Land Trusts

The Live Water Mission

January 7th, 2010

Image for Conference Room2.qxdThe protection, restoration, and enhancement of ranch land with wildlife and trout habitat are paramount as changes in private ownership take place. The importance of each link in these precious ecosystems intensifies as our nation’s populations migrate to pristine mountain regions and our natural landscapes experience additional human traffic.

As Ranch Brokers, we at Live Water Properties, LLC seek to connect these irreplaceable parcels of land with people who value them. Our business is providing seasoned advice and professional service to ensure a sound investment for generations to come. In sharing and respecting our clients’ lifestyles, we are uniquely qualified to assist in each aspect of the ranch ownership process.

Does Climate Change Mean Less Water in the Colorado River?

September 30th, 2009

coloradoriver1That was the debate at the Aspen Global Change Institute held on Tuesday, September 22nd.  Experts discussed how climate scientists and water managers can provide better information to government decision makers.  Read the full article at Aspen Daily News Online.

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout

September 16th, 2009

The Colorado River cutthroat trout is one of three subspecies of native trout found in Colorado and is designated as a species of special concern in Colorado. This species has been threatened due to introductions of non-native salmonids over the last century.  A conservation team was developed to coordinate conservation actions for the Colorado River cutthroat trout.  Read more on this species at the Colorado Division of Wildlife.