To create a legacy for future generations by conserving ranchlands and preserving ranching in the Gunnison Country...
Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy exists to serve landowners in the conservation easement process. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, GRCL works on behalf of conservation-minded landowners to place conservation easements on lands in the Gunnison Valley.
Services offered by GRCL include:
helping landowners assess their needs and future plans.
finding an appropriate land trust.
obtaining funding to pay for conservation easements.
completing legal and technical aspects of the transaction.
Since 1995, GRCL has helped families preserve more than 50,000 acres of ranchland.
Peter Caloger protected 320 acres in northern Saguache County in November of 2019. The conservation easement protects agricultural uses and Gunnison sage-grouse habitat. The property borders public lands and is leased for seasonal grazing by a local family ranch. The project was partially funded by grants from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The remainder was a donation by the landowner. Colorado Open Lands holds the easement.
The John Dykes family conserved 191 acres of sagebrush rangelands in southern Gunnison County in October 2019. The property contains critical habitat for Gunnison sage-grouse and provides seasonal grazing for cattle. The project was made possible by grants from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the Gunnison Valley Land Preservation Fund. Colorado Open Lands holds the easement.
Mill Creek Ranch III
Burt and Sandy Guerrieri continued the conservation of their high country rangelands in the Mill Creek area of the upper Ohio Creek Valley in Gunnison County in September 2019. The easement protects 380 acres and contains stretches of Ohio Creek and Mill Creek. The project was partially funded with grants from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the Gunnison Valley Land Preservation Fund. The remainder was a donation by Burt and Sandy Guerrieri. Colorado Open Lands holds the easement.
Roaring Judy Ranch
Mary Frame and Nick Lypps conserved the Roaring Judy Ranch, a 455-acre property consisting of irrigated hay meadows and sagebrush scrublands in a hub of mid-altitude agricultural lands in the Jack's Cabin area of Gunnison County. The project, closed in September 2019, was partially funded with grants from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the Gunnison Valley Land Preservation Fund. The remainder was a donation by the landowners. Colorado Open Lands holds the easement.
Star Mountain Ranch
Star Mountain Ranch donated a conservation easement in the upper Ohio Creek Valley in October 2019. The 413-acre property consists of meadow, forest, and riparian habitat along Carbon Creek. The property provides seasonal grazing for cattle and important wildlife habitat. Colorado Open Lands holds the easement.
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GRCL would like to thank the ranch families and the Gunnison Valley community for supporting conservation and completing projects that continue to protect the agricultural lands and heritage of our community. Please check back often for more project updates in 2020!
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GRCL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and contributions help us provide professional expertise to guide landowners through their conservation projects and to match grants for conservation easements.