Eagle Valley Land Trust secures conservation easement
EDWARDS — The Eagle Valley Land Trust, in conjunction with the Eagle County Open Space program and U.S. Forest Service, secured a conservation easement for a highly visible area in the Lake Creek valley on Wednesday.
The 167-acre conservation easement covers six properties and will be a sanctuary for wildlife, including elk and mule deer.
“The conservation easement is basically an insurance policy for the community,” said Jim Daus, the executive director of the Eagle Valley Land Trust. “The county is really putting its money where its mouth is by placing a conservation easement on the property so it can never be developed. Future commissioners can’t change the use of the property to some other use in the future.”
The project was 10 years in the making and involved Eagle Valley Land Trust partnering with the county and U.S. Forest Service. The property towers over Edwards and is visible from many parts of the valley.
“It’s really rewarding. And the best thing about it is there was a lot of hard work, but now the hard work will pay off in perpetuity because that land is now preserved forever, which is extremely powerful,” said T.J. Voboril, secretary and board member at the Eagle Valley Land Trust. “It makes all of the staff’s work and all of the board’s work feel really vindicated.”
During certain times of the year, the ridgeline will be filled with wildlife enjoying the open spaces as well as the diverse habitat.
“It provides a really nice, pristine, natural ridgeline in an area that’s seen a lot of development,” Daus said. “It’s prominently visible from many parts of the valley.”
The Eagle County Land Trust helps in the effort to preserve land and protect natural spaces for future generations to enjoy. The organization has plans for several properties along the Colorado River corridor, including historic agricultural lands, amazing wildlife lands, some potential public access properties and more next year, Daus said.
“I think we’re going to see some really great work and collaboration between the Land Trust and its partners,” he said.
Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Instagram @Colorado_Livin_On_The_Hill.