Contact: Toby Sprunk, Open Space Director, 970-328-8698 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Four conservation easements on properties in Edwards were finalized today, representing the culmination of years of work by a half dozen entities. As a result, 322 acres including the Homestead “L” parcel are now permanently preserved as publicly accessible open space. The project partners include Homestead Homeowners Association, Creamery Ranch Homeowners Association, Edwards Metropolitan District, Eagle Valley Land Trust, the Eagle County Open Space Advisory Committee and Eagle County, as well as individual donors.
Eagle County purchased the 160-acre “L” parcel for $3.25 million in September 2011. That property is now under a permanent conservation easement. Two adjacent private homeowners associations, Homestead and Creamery Ranch, agreed to put an additional 138 acres and 24 acres respectively under three more conservation easements.
Also, trail easements granted by the Edwards Metropolitan District and Homestead provide connectivity from Gold Dust Drive to U.S. Forest Service property near the water tank. The properties now allow public access that stretches from U.S. Highway 6 to Forest Service land on the ridgeline above Lake Creek.
With the closing of the conservation easements, the county’s General Fund will be reimbursed by the dedicated Open Space Fund for purchase of the “L.” All four easements will be held by the Eagle Valley Land Trust.
Trailhead development on the Homestead “L” just off of Cameron Place is anticipated to begin soon. A grand opening celebration is planned for later this summer. For more information, contact Eagle County Open Space Director Toby Sprunk at 970-328-8698.