A commitment to conservation and education join together in forming the recently completed conservation easement at The Nature Center at Butler Corner. It’s a place where children and adults can come to walk, listen and learn about all that nature has to offer on this beautiful 263-acre property north of Dolores, Colorado.

The landowner’s passion for education and nature, combined with her love and stewardship of the property her family has lived on and farmed for over 90 years make this a very special place. The Nature Center includes five miles of trails with numerous bluebird houses along the way, an existing building renovated into a classroom, a modest old fashioned school house and a “story trail” intended to bring picture books alive for children as they explore nature.  Montezuma Land Conservancy is so excited to be a part of protecting the Butler property with a conservation easement that will ensure that the natural habitat, scenic open space and importantly the access for education and recreation remain viable into the future.

“I have lived on the property my entire life. I love the land and enjoy working on it to keep it as beautiful as possible. I also love children and have dedicated my life to working with them. It has long been my desire to use the land for the education of children, helping them to learn about nature first-hand. Deciding to do an easement on my land will insure the land can be used for this purpose forever.”

This property has been managed from the time of European settlement in the area for grazing and wildlife habitat as well as being planted with seed producing grasses for commercial production.  Adjacent to the property are thousands of acres of USFS lands to the north and east making it home to bear, mountain lion, elk and mule deer with over 30 varieties of birds spotted on the many trails on the property. This connection with public lands provides more protection of the critical winter habitat for mule deer and elk.

The Nature Center at Butler Corner provides a wonderful outdoor classroom for children of all ages. Conserving this property offers a wonderful opportunity for Montezuma Land Conservancy (MLC) to partner with the nature center through our Community Conservation Initiative.  Through this initiative, MLC is creating programming and providing the community, especially kids, with ways to connect with the outdoors and learn to be stewards of the land. Partnering with The Nature Center at Butler Corner is a wonderful way to bring some of these programs to the community.

This is the 88th property forever conserved by the Montezuma Land Conservancy and was made possible with grants from Great Outdoors Colorado and the Gates Family Foundation.

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