Dream Lake iced over - RMNP

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Property: Ryan Gulch Easement
Priority Area: Berthoud / Loveland Separator
Size: 378.6 acres


Songbirds, foxes, and migratory water birds are among the assorted mix of animals that can be seen in this amazingly diverse habitat. This conservation easement however is not open to the public. It preserves a community separator between Loveland and Berthoud along with the protection of stunning viewsheds near Lonetree Reservoir State Wildlife Area. A trail easement and 50% of 3 shares of water is included in this acquisition.

Property Information

Type of Acquisition #Acres Property
Bargain Sales
Conservation Easement 52.0 $ 294,000 Larimer Co. - $ 70,000
Landowner - $ 100,000
Loveland - $ 104,000
Berthoud - $ 20,000
2002 Future Regional Trail
Conservation Easement 326.6 $ 1,393,844 Larimer Co. - $ 200,000
Landowner - $ 150,000
Loveland - $ 668,844
Berthoud - $ 50,000
GOCO* - $ 325,000
2001 No

* Great Outdoors Colorado

Management Plan

When only the development rights of a property are purchased, as in the case of a conservation easement, any future development of that land is limited. The landowner continues to manage the property, and the land remains on the tax rolls. Land with a conservation easement is not generally open to the public because it is still in private ownership.

* This conservation easement is monitored by the City of Loveland.

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