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Ruby Mountain Conservation Easement Management Plan

    • Client: Colorado Parks and Wildlife, S.S. Papadopulos & Associates, Inc.
    • Date: April, 2021 – May, 2022
    • Project Type:  Conservation easement baseline documentation report, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Easement Management Plan
    • Info: Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting developed a conservation easement baseline report for a public-access property along the Arkansas River. 

  • BlueTriton Brands collects spring water for Arrowhead Springs Bottled Water at this location. BMEC helped Blue Triton Brands develop a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Easement Management Plan.  

  • The 122-acre property in Chaffee County is used by BlueTriton for collection and distribution of drinking water. This conservation project was significant for several reasons.

  • BlueTriton had plans for a third fishing easement to provide for greater public access to the Arkansas River. Additionally, they intend to create a viewing location for use by the general public to see bighorn sheep and raptors. The property buffers Browns Canyon National Monument which has sweeping views of the Arkansas River Valley and the Sawatch Range. The propertyalso provides abundant habitat for the greenback cutthroat, Colorado’s state fish and a threatened species.

    To help ensure the property is managed in accordance with the conservation easement, Blue Mountain prepared a management plan for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The plan provides protection for wildlife habitat and public access for recreation. At the same time, it also allows for the continued operation of the spring water production infrastructure.