LPOSC’s very first land conservation project was to buy the 530 acres now known as Hidden Valley and get it in the hands of the US Forest Service. Just a couple years later, LPOSC submitted the grant with the City, Trails 2000, and Iron Horse Bicycle Classic that purchased and created Overend Mountain Park.
In total, LPOSC has helped protect 30,000 acres of land across southwest Colorado, the majority of which is in La Plata County. The primary tool used to conserve land by LPOSC is a conservation easement. The conservancy currently holds 176 conservation easements.
Two years ago, 37 local landowners contacted LPOSC to learn about protecting their family land. LPOSC is helping six of these see their dreams come true. These numbers exceed conservation stats for most other Colorado land trusts.
These new properties include predominantly scenic open space, wildlife habitat and agricultural lands in La Plata County.
LPOSC looks forward to sharing these successes with our community as they are finalized.
Our work wouldn’t be possible without the support of people in our communities who care about conserving our greatest resources.