Conservancy hosts field program at protected Poncha Springs river property

Visit the newest of Central Colorado Conservancy’s conservation easements by joining Conservancy Naturalist Sally Waterhouse for a special field program on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at a private property on the South Arkansas River in Poncha Springs.

Participants will learn about the riparian landscape along the South Arkansas River during this two-hour program, walking through large cottonwoods and talking about the land’s history, ecology and future restoration work along river.

The land is home to songbirds, turkey, deer, trout, and an occasional bear. This is also an active ranching property supporting working agriculture. The property was placed under conservation easement by owner Lilian Bender early this year.

Conservation easements are voluntary legal agreements between a landowner and a land trust that permanently limit uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. The Conservancy holds 34 easements and has helped protect over 10,000 acres since its inception in 2001.

Waterhouse is an experienced educator and naturalist who likes to connect people to their natural world. This is the second year she has helped the Conservancy showcase its preserved land and waterways as a volunteer naturalist. Her field programs present unique opportunities to visit private properties that are not open to the public.

The field program, designed for adults and children over 12 years of age, will meet at 8:40 a.m. at the Poncha visitor’s center. Participants should arrive prepared to walk across wet ground, with water, sunscreen and other necessities.

The program is free for Conservancy members and $5 for non-members. Group size is limited to 12 participants and is expected to fill up quickly. To register, contact the Conservancy office at 539-7700 or [email protected]

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