New conservation easement protects 598 acres of Chaffee County

After five years, Central Colorado Conservancy has closed on an easement of 598 acres of newly protected lands with the Arrowpoint Cattle Company, which is owned and operated by two sisters in Chaffee County.

This active cattle operation, adjacent to the Arkansas River, practices managed grazing to improve soil health, while also irrigating hay and pasture lands and producing beef for local restaurants.

The conservation easement also protects working lands, wildlife habitat and scenic views from the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway and Browns Canyon National Monument.

Conservation easements can take a long time, and this was no exception. This success comes after five years of working towards a final agreement.

"Everyone knows how hot the real estate market is in Chaffee County right now," says project lead Lucy Waldo. "I am so grateful that this family chose to conserve their land, rather than sell to somebody else for fast cash.”

Thank you to our donors on this project including GOGO, NRCS and Chaffee Common Ground.

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