Just before the holidays, MLC partnered with a landowner in Norwood to protect our second property on Wright’s Mesa – an area of conservation importance in central San Miguel County. 125 acres of land south of Norwood are forever set aside thanks to our recent partnership with a local landowner and our ongoing relationship with the San Miguel County Commissioners.
Located just a mile from another easement on Wrights Mesa protected in 2013, the Campbell Property borders U.S. Forest Service land (Uncompahgre National Forest) and protects a critical wildlife corridor called Ed Joe Draw.
A priority of San Miguel County is to protect important open spaces and wildlife habitat surrounding Miramonte Reservoir. Speaking with the Telluride Daily Planet, Janet Cask, Director of County Parks and Open Space, said, “San Miguel County is pleased to acquire this donated land conservation easement, as it protects an important wildlife migration corridor identified for elk and mule deer. It also borders another, already procured conservation easement, which secures additional open space and upholds the BOCC’s goals for land conservation.”
The Campbell Property represents MLC’s third conservation easement completed in San Miguel County, a region we began working in three years ago. The property is MLC’s 86th conservation easement. In total, we now protect over 44,000 acres across southwest Colorado.