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Meadow Springs Ranch Rangeland Plan

Meadow Springs Ranch

    • Client: City of Fort Collins Utilities, Larimer County
    • Date: February, 2021 – September, 2021
    • Project Type: Rangeland management
    • Info: The City of Ft. Collins Utilities hired Blue Mountain o evaluate rangeland conditions at Meadow Springs Ranch 

  • Meadow Springs Ranch, located north of Fort Collins in Larimer and Weld counties is a 28,000-acre working ranch owned and managed by City of Fort Collins Utilities. The ranch’s intended purpose is to remove biosolids.

  • According to the City of Ft. Collins Utilities, “Biosolids are a nutrient-rich organic material created from the biological and physical treatment of wastewater.” Biosolids can be used to improve soil structure and water retention and also are used as a slow-release fertilizer.”


    A collaborative process brought stakeholders and City staff together to discuss current needs and management direction. Our process included GIS services, rangeland forage evaluations, a literature review, key informant interviews, data collection, team collaboration and production of a report. 

    An existing Geographic Information System database illustrating ranch infrastructure and biosolid application areas was updated with NRCS Ecological Range Sites to guide subsequent rangeland sampling.