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County closes on Hardscrabble Ranch

Contact: Diane Mauriello, Open Space Manager, 970-328-8698, diane.mauriello@eaglecounty.us 

Dec. 14, 2017 – The transaction to permanently protect the Hardscrabble Ranch, and add the property to Eagle County’s Open Space Program, has been completed. The 1,540-acre property was conveyed to Eagle County by The Conservation Fund, who acquired the property from a Denver-based developer in July of 2017. A conservation easement was granted to the Eagle Valley Land Trust, ensuring that the property’s agricultural, recreational, natural resources and scenic attributes are forever conserved.  

The transfer and permanent preservation of the ranch was the result of partnerships that spanned from local residents, the Town of Eagle, Eagle Ranch and the Eagle Valley Land Trust to The Conservation Fund and Great Outdoors Colorado.

Great Outdoors Colorado provided a $3.1 million grant from its Protect Initiative, aimed at funding urgent, once-in-a-lifetime land conservation projects that result in increased access and visibility for the public. The Town of Eagle, Eagle Ranch Wildlife Commission and the Eagle Valley Land Trust all made financial contributions toward the acquisition and preservation of the property. 

A management planning effort will begin in 2018 and will consider the desires of the public while working within the parameters established by the conservation easement to allow for continued agricultural use, protection of critical wildlife habitat and preservation of scenic vistas. Recreational amenities will be added over time, including trail connections to adjacent BLM land and a paved trail connection between Salt Creek and the Town of Eagle. In early 2018, information about the management planning process, including notice of key dates and opportunities for public participation, will be posted to the Eagle County website at www.eaglecounty.us/openspace

The property is currently closed to the public to allow the management planning process to be completed. For more information, contact Open Space Manager Diane Mauriello at 970-328-8698 or at diane.mauriello@eaglecounty.us