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Conservation and Open Space Planning

At Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting, we understand the challenges that landowners and managers face. We provide the tools to meet land use goals including conservation planning, easements, grazing plans, NRCS Technical Services, Rural Land Use Plans and other programs.

Experience in Conservation Planning

As a rancher, agency manager, residential landowner, conservation partner or owner of an exclusive property, we can help you navigate the challenges of incentives and regulatory programs while balancing the needs of your working landscape. With decades of experience on rural lands, our roots are in agriculture.

Whether developing a conservation easement report, developing a grazing plan or forest management plan, we have the tools and expertise necessary to make your project a success.

Planning Experience with Government Agencies

We work extensively with the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), numerous land trusts, county governments and the Department of Natural Resources to meet a variety of resource management needs. Request a proposal to discuss how the following services can help you achieve your goals.

Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting has completed services for more than 125 conservation easements, encompassing more than 80,000 acres—permanently protecting farms and rangelands, forests, grasslands, sensitive wildlife habitats, and water resources. Conservation easements are one of the best tools for preserving working landscapes while lowering tax burdens. 

Conservation Planning with Property Owners

We collaborate with landowners and land trusts to develop baseline documentation reports and guide your project to completion.  Our expertise lies in delivering essential documentation that highlights the site-specific natural resources and conservation values, ensuring their preservation and compliance with qualified donation requirements. 

Conservation easement services include:

 

Technical Guidance and Resources:

  • Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices 11B: Baseline Documentation.
  • Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices 12B: Land Management and Stewardship
  • NRCS Easement Guidance
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife Easement Guidance

Example Projects in Conservation Planning

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Arkansas River Community Preserve

Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting conducted a wetland management study for a property in Lake County, Colorado. We identified potential environmental concerns and ultimately created the Arkansas River Community Preserve.

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Crystal Creek Ranch Conservation Plan

Design Workshop contracted Blue Mountain to provide wildfire mitigation planning to be incorporated in overall recreation plan.

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Black Canyon Road Open Space Plan

The City of Manitou Springs retained Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting (BMEC) to assist in the development of the Black Canyon Road Land Stewardship Plan.

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Ruby Mountain Conservation Easement Plan

Colorado Parks and Wildlife contracted Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting to develop a conservation easement baseline report for a public-access property along the Arkansas River.

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North Sterling State Park Stewardship Plan

Blue Mountain collaborated with Colorado State Parks to develop a new stewardship plan for North Sterling State Park. The new stewardship plan will guide park management for the next 10 to 15 years.

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