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Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space
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Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation - Toby Sprunk - Eagle County Open Space

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Recreational access and river protection have both been achieved through this project through a successful partnership driven by Eagle County, Colorado's Open Space initiatives.

Recreational access and river protection have both been achieved through this project through a successful partnership driven by Eagle County, Colorado's Open Space initiatives.

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  • 1. Upper Colorado River Conservation & Recreation Project
  • 2. Project Vision • In 2011 Eagle County and The Conservation Fund recognized the enormous conservation values and recreational potential of the Upper Colorado River. • Colorado River travels for 45 miles from State Bridge to Dotsero • Section upstream from State Bridge receives 60,000 user days per year according to BLM, while downstream from State Bridge receives fewer than 5,000 • Project area was identified by Colorado Conservation Partnership as being among top 25 statewide priority areas • Project area largely surrounded by BLM Special Rec. Mgmt. Area
  • 3. Project Goals Outlined in 2011 • Significantly expand public access to the Colorado River by acquiring strategic boat launch sites • Protect critical habitat along the river and between existing protected areas (Flat Tops Wilderness/Bull Gulch Wilderness Study Area) • Protect scenic viewshed along Colorado River Road and from nearby public lands • Provide access to the Colorado River via the Eagle Valley Regional Trail • Protect working ranches and historic resources along the Colorado River
  • 4. What has been accomplished thusfar: State Bridge Landing purchased
  • 5. Two Bridges River Access
  • 6. Dotsero Landing
  • 7. Project Area Map
  • 8. Colorado River Ranch Colorado River Ranch is 1,017 acres and is the largest remaining ranch in the Upper Colorado Conservation & Recreation Project Area and within the BLM Special Recreation Management Area.
  • 9. A River Runs Through It Two miles on both sides, to be exact.
  • 10. CRR contains excellent wildlife habitat for terrestrial, avian, and aquatic species • Critical elk winter range and calving areas • Bighorn sheep • Mountain lion • Colorado River cutthroat trout • Roundtail chub • Mule deer migration corridor • Bald eagle and Peregrine falcon
  • 11. Diverse habitat types • Riparian Areas (2 miles of Colorado River) • Meadows and pastures • Craggy canyons and rocky outcrops • Pinyon Juniper • Sagebrush and prairie
  • 12. Colorado River Ranch to remain working ranch Producing certified organic hay and cattle
  • 13. Colorado River Ranch is highly visible to the public travelling on Colorado River Road and Amtrak passengers who pass through the property
  • 14. Spectacular geology
  • 15. Very senior water rights to be tied to conservation easement
  • 16. Contiguity to federal lands to west Flat Tops Wilderness looms over Colorado River Ranch
  • 17. …and to the east – Bull Gulch WSA
  • 18. Public Access • Colorado River Boat Launch Access (seasonally open to duck hunting) • Bull Gulch WSA Parking/Staging area • Colorado River Schoolhouse
  • 19. Public Access – Three Points Boat Launch Site at South End of Colorado River Ranch –
  • 20. Bull Gulch Parking/Staging Area Two acre parking site
  • 21. Colorado River Ranch Schoolhouse Historic Schoolhouse open to public
  • 22. Colorado River Ranch Summary • 1,017 acre ranch to be protected by conservation easement to Colorado Open Lands, (CE terms already agreed upon) • Two miles of Colorado River Frontage on both sides • Property to remain working ranch producing organic hay and cattle • Excellent wildlife habitat and wildlife movement corridors • Contiguity to significant federal lands • Highly visible from public road, public lands, and Colorado River • Public access to Colorado River, BLM Bull Gulch Wilderness Study Area, and historic schoolhouse • Ranch will only allow one additional homesite or lodge within 70-acre building envelope. • Property already under contract
  • 23. Project Area Map
  • 24. Nottingham – Red Dirt Parcel
  • 25. Site Map
  • 26. A river runs through it, also… For two spectacular miles
  • 27. Excellent Wildlife Habitat • According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Wildlife Manager Nottingham: • Contains critical habitat for numerous species (bear, mountain lion, elk, turkey, peregrine falcon, golden eagle, bald eagle, mule deer, bighorn, numerous other aquatic and avian species) • Provides important wildlife movement corridors from east to west, as well as along the Colorado River • Also provides critical mule deer winter range • Important because of contiguity to BLM • Two miles of intact river front and riparian area • Red Dirt Creek tributary and confluence
  • 28. Outdoor recreation benefits for youth and families • Fishing/canoeing/rafting/intertubing • Primitive camping • Hiking • Access to adjacent BLM lands for hunting
  • 29. Historic Cabins
  • 30. Water Rights I CFS from Red Dirt Creek will be tied to land
  • 31. Agricultural use continued
  • 32. Scenic view shed from Colorado River, Colorado River Road and nearby federal lands
  • 33. Prominent geology
  • 34. Nottingham-Red Dirt Parcel Summary • 228 acre fee-title purchase • Property will likely be managed through cooperative agreement with BLM (similar to previously acquired parcels) • Excellent wildlife habitat and wildlife movement corridors • Two miles of Colorado River Frontage • Public access via driveway and Colorado River • Recreation access for primitive camping, fishing, and hiking • Historic structures to be maintained • Water rights tied to title (1 CFS) • High visibility • Agricultural use to be maintained via 4H
  • 35. Project Area Map
  • 36. Project enjoys support • Bureau of Land Management • Colorado Conservation Partnership • The Conservation Fund • Colorado Conservation Trust • Colorado Parks and Wildlife • Trout Unlimited • Colorado Open Lands • Town of Gypsum • Eagle Valley Land Trust • Eagle River Watershed Council • Union Pacific Railroad • Colorado Department of Transportation • Two Rivers Metro District • American Rivers • River Guides and Outfitters
  • 37. Accomplishments to Date • 5 of 6 properties acquired (#6 is still in play) • Protected 1300 acres/ 4 miles of river frontage • Three properties boat launches open to the public, fourth under construction, fifth to open in 2014 • $.3.96 million raised from GOCO Rivers Initiative • Significant water rights on Colorado River Ranch and Nottingham tied to land • Major wildlife habitat and movement corridors protected • Additional properties being considered!
  • 38. • Big bold vision for the Colorado River!

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