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New Protected Area in Lake County, CO

Conservancy acquires new land in Lake County, Colorado—open to the public soon



Earlier this month, the Central Colorado Conservancy purchased 91 acres along the Arkansas River in Lake County, Colorado.

Now, after ten years of incredible collaborative effort among numerous local groups, this property is protected from development forever, including two miles of river in the canyon north of Balltown.

The preserve is named for the late Shawn Andrick, whose family of dedicated conservationists owned the property and whose legacy will be carried on in this protected area.


"This is a great victory for the Arkansas River Valley," commented Conservancy Board President, Aaron Kindle.

"I can't stress enough how rare it is to acquire two miles of river in Colorado in 2021. Even better and more rare is ensuring its conservation and public access in perpetuity—that is simply incredible. As an angler myself, I know the value of access and how special it is to be able to visit an amazing area like this.

"I'm proud of our organization, proud of our staff and very excited and thankful for our partnership with Lake County."


Acquisition of this property will enable us to conserve key wetland and riparian areas, support a gold-medal trout fishing river and protect habitat for local wildlife—including bighorn sheep, elk, beaver and many bird species. Both the Top of the Rockies and Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byways run adjacent to the land as well.

We will begin development of a land management plan for the property prior to opening the area to the public, currently scheduled for late 2021 or early 2022.

Our partners at Colorado Open Lands will hold the conservation easement on the property, and public access will be managed by Lake County for future generations to enjoy.

"The Conservancy is thrilled to have the opportunity to expand and enhance our land conservation work in Lake County,” says Conservancy Executive Director, Adam Beh.

“This new protected area will offer residents and visitors a wonderful stretch of river and wetlands to enjoy forever."





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