In the Spring of 2009, Helen Rehder graciously bequeathed the historic sheep ranch that she shared with her husband Henry (deceased) to Yampa Valley Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy to operate as a unique nature preserve and a community research center. The courts approved YVLT as the owner of the property with a conservation easement on the property held by TNC. Per the provisions of Helen Rehder’s Will, the Rehder’s historic sheep ranch on Harrison Creek has been preserved in perpetuity to be managed as a nature preserve, for the study of local plants and wildlife.
In December 2008, the City of Steamboat Springs acquired 35 acres straddling the Yampa River on the south side of Emerald Mountain, near Steamboat Springs. Yampa Valley Land Trust, Routt County, the City of Steamboat Springs and Great Outdoors Colorado combined efforts to preserve this open-space for public recreation, including biking, hiking, and wildlife viewing and fishing from both sides of the Yampa River. Continue reading “South Howelsen Hill Recreation Area and Open Space Acquisition”
2,905 acres of prime wildlife habitat located outside of Meeker, Colorado, was placed in a conservation easement in late 2007. The project was facilitated and sponsored by Yampa Valley Land Trust, its financial donors and supporters. YVLT received a grant funding award from Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Klinglesmith Family of LK Ranch contributed a portion of the value of the conservation easement that YVLT holds on the property. Continue reading “LK Ranch (Berryman Parcel)”
More than 2,000 acres of wildlife habitat north of Meeker is protected by a conservation easement. Lunney Mountain Ranch, owned by the Harvey family for several generations, provides a home for a broad variety of animals amongst its diverse landscape. Yampa Valley Land Trust facilitated the transaction to protect this land and holds the conservation easement.
Continue reading “Lunney Mountain Ranch”
Cynthia Crawford created two conservation easements with Yampa Valley Land Trust on 568 acres of her C-Cross-C Ranch in South Routt County. “My goal is to keep this ranch like my Dad wanted it. He loved this place and so do I,” stated Cynthia Crawford. One mile of the Yampa River (a 99-acre tract along the river) and a pristine forest area (a 469 acre tract atop Thorpe Mountain) are now protected. Continue reading “C-Cross-C Ranch”