Colorado Headwaters Land Trust is highly successful and highly regarded in the state of Colorado. Its mission is to preserve and steward open lands in the headwaters of the Colorado River for vistas, wildlife, ranch lands, and water, in partnership with landowners and for the benefit of all. Most visitors to Grand Lake aren’t aware that the headwaters of the Colorado River — one of the west’s most majestic and, sadly, threatened rivers — are in Rocky Mountain National Park. In 2014 the Colorado briefly flowed all the way to the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in over 30 years. According to the Colorado Headwaters Land Trust: “The name Colorado Headwaters Land Trust reflects our mission, our geographic focus, and the fact that the headwaters of the Colorado River — including many of its headwaters tributaries such as the Fraser River — are located in Grand County. From its headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park, the Upper Colorado River is struggling to retain its valuable natural attributes: critical cold-water aquatic habitat, wetlands, vital water rights, working ranches, scenic open space, and worldclass The land trust’s primary land-protection tool is the conservation easement, a voluntary, binding legal document between the landowner and the land trust. It identifies the conservation values that qualify a property and permanently protects those values for public benefit by restricting development, subdivision, and other non-compatible uses. Colorado Headwaters Land Trust currently holds 60 conservation easements on 7,423 acres. As Grand County residents, we feel fortunate to have the birthplace of this gem of a grand river right up the road from us. If you are interested in learning more about land trusts, conservation easements, or supporting what Colorado Headwaters Land Trust does, go to www.coloradoheadwaterslandtrust.org or call 970-887-1177. 50 rafting and fly fishing.” 2 0 1 5 G R A N D L A K E G U E S T G U I D E ® ©Susan Herpel Dwight and Jean Miller Conservation Easement on Ranch Creek.
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