Recent Conservation Projects

Thank you Nockels Family for your generous donation of open space

nockelsDouglas Land Conservancy is honored to accept the donation of a conservation easement by the Nockels Family on their 88 acre property west of Sedalia, Colorado. The Nockels are the third generation owners of this private property which provides valuable wildlife habitat in harmony with working forest agriculture.

The donation of this conservation easement to DLC adds to the area already conserved through conservation easements by the Butterfield, Meyer and DiNatale families. These easements make up 792 acres of protected private properties surrounded by the Pike National Forest. The conservation of this land helps to protect the headwaters of Indian Creek and to maintain the rural agricultural heritage of Western Douglas County.

In addition to these private properties, the neighboring DLC protected 308 acre Pike Hill Open Space is owned by Douglas County. This County open space is accessible by the Ringtail Trail from the USFS Indian Creek Trailhead or Roxborough State Park.

The private and public land in this vicinity protected by Douglas Land Conservancy now totals 1,100 acres. The Pike National Forest surrounds much of this land, forming a large continuous area of protected open space.

Conservation Easement Donation on Elbert County Mustang Ranch

mustangLast year Douglas Land Conservancy accepted the donation of a conservation easement on 85 acres in northeastern Elbert County known as the Sunflower Ranch. The property is owned by Paul Tanner, who donated a conservation easement on the Property. The Tanners have raised and bred Spanish Mustangs on the ranch for nearly 20 years. DLC is honored to accept an easement on this property which will protect critical viewscapes, high prairie grasslands and Pronghorn habitat. Thank you Paul and Lynn for the gift of open space!

Historic Abbe Ranch

abbeIn 2011 Douglas Land Conservancy accepted the donation of a
conservation easement on 198 acres in southwestern Douglas County known as the historic Abbe Ranch. The property is currently owned by Richard and Susan Farmer who, with the help from a grant from Douglas County, donated a conservation easement on the ranch.The Abbe Ranch was the only home of James and Polly Abbe. James Abbe was a well know photographer, having photographed many stars of the silent screen. He also covered the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1937, opposite Ernest Hemmingway. He was the first Western photographer to photograph Stalin.

The children, Patience, Richard, and John wrote three books and were famous in their own right. The Abbes purchased the land and constructed the home with the proceeds of the children’s books. The ranch House was completed in 1938.