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Crystal Creek Conservation Easement

Crysal Creek Ranch Conservation Plan

  • Client: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Date: June 2022
  • Type: Conservation Planning
  • Info: Colorado Parks and Wildlife contracted BMEC to provide an inventory of the ecology for the 3,451-acre Property, located in Rio Blanco and Moffat counties, Colorado.

The property provides a rich variety of habitat types benefitting an abundance of wildlife species. It supports relatively natural habitat and open space conservation values by preserving diverse vegetation within an elevation range of 5,000 to 9,300 feet. The climate ranges from semi-desert on the western boundary to cool Mediterranean in the low mountains and narrow valleys. Among many other species, large hoofed mammals and predators flourish on the property, contributing to the health of the ecosystem and providing hunting opportunities. 

Significantly, the property falls within designated crucial habitat for cutthroat trout. There are documented occurrences within one mile of the property for both cutthroat trout and Colorado River cutthroat trout. Furthermore, the property contains high priority conservation habitat for aquatic sportfish management.

Sweeping contiguous landscapes, with their variety of microclimates, support biodiversity and species resilience.