Purchase expands conservation group holdings

With its recent acquisition of an easement on a 3,758-acre Glade Park ranch, the Mesa Land Trust has announced it has managed to protect more than 52,000 acres of conservation easements.

Rob Bleiberg, executive director of the Mesa Land Trust, said the purchase of the Glade Park ranch atop
Pinon Mesa was made possible by a $400,000 grant from the Colorado Conservation Partnership.

“It’s a fabulous project and a fabulous accomplishment,” Bleiberg said.

Conservation easements allow landowners to receive a state and federal income tax credit in exchange for agreeing not to develop a tract of land that has scenic, recreational, historic or agricultural value.

“We are protecting significant, contiguous blocks of land that sustain wildlife populations and agricultural enterprises,” Bleiberg said. “Our work and the generosity of our many partners benefit all of us today and will keep Mesa County a great place to call home for generations to come.”

Bleiberg declined to name the ranch or its owners.

The $400,000 grant the Mesa Land Trust received resulted from a $2 million donation the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation made to the state of Colorado and distributed through the Colorado Conservation Partnership.


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