Dear Friend,

We have BIG news! Colorado Headwaters Land Trust (CHLT) has just acquired a beautiful 125-acre conservation easement west of Kremmling, close to the National Forest! The easement was donated by the landowners, Herb and Kathleen Steffe, with financial assistance from Grand County’s Open Lands, Rivers, and Trails fund, and Colorado Headwaters Land Trust.

The Steffes have owned the property at least in part since 2007 as a recreational escape. They want to conserve the property to provide wildlife habitat in the mixed conifer forest and to protect the scenic viewsheds of the Kremmling region and neighboring public lands. The property and surrounding area have a long history of use and exploration. This rich history further contributes to its conservation value.
The Elk’s Vista Conservation Easement is home to a variety of wildlife species that roam throughout Grand County, including big game, predators, birds, and small mammals. The conservation easement is just south of Sheep Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River. The property borders Bureau of Land Management land as well as other undeveloped private holdings, and is within a mile of both the National Forest and the Enter Conservation Easement, an 84-acre easement granted to CHLT in May 2019. Conserving this property guarantees more contiguous open space and migratory pathways for all the resident species.
Jeremy D. Krones
Executive Director of CHLT
"We are thrilled to have closed on this easement, especially with its proximity to the Enter Conservation Easement and other conserved public lands, we are very appreciative to the Steffes for keeping the health of Grand County’s natural character in mind. Their generosity and conservation ethic led them to work with us on a conservation easement that will benefit the entire community for many, many years to come. Thanks also goes to the people of Grand County; the Grand County Open Lands, Rivers, and Trails Advisory Committee; and the Grand County Board of County Commissioners for providing financial support for this project. And of course, big thanks to all the land trust supporters across the country that love protecting the land we love in Grand County!"
The Elk’s Vista Conservation Easement is CHLT’s 66th easement since our land trust began in 1995, and brings the total acres conserved by CHLT in Grand County to 9,310.
Thank you to all of our supporters for helping us continue our mission in conserving and stewarding the open lands and natural character of the headwaters of the Colorado River, in partnership with the Grand County community! Each easement is a big win for us as it permanently protects the conservation values associated with the land, such as scenic open space, wildlife habitat, agricultural open space, and historical significance.

With your help, we can continue protecting the land we love, forever.

Yours In Conservation,
Colorado Headwaters Land Trust
First photo provided by the Steffe Family
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