Christensen Ranch

Steve and Judy Christensen had a strong desire to ensure their property remain undeveloped. Working with The Conservation Fund, the family agreed to sell a conservation easement. The Christensen’s requested the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) hold the conservation easement. CCALT was formed specifically to work with ranchers with conservation interests. Douglas County funded the project because of its strategic location and its importance to the South I-25 Conservation Corridor – one of the County’s open space priority areas. This property now has new owners, who will maintain the agricultural status as the Christensen family intended to keep this ranch.

The parcel is highly valued for open space conservation because of its visibility from I-25, its productive hay meadow and high quality stream habitat. Though Douglas County purchased the conservation easement, it is held and enforced by the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust. This property remains in private ownership, and the owner has retained the right not to allow public access. Accessible public land flanks both the east and west sides of this property, with Noe Road connecting the public properties as it bisects this ranch.

Year protected: 1997
Acres: 313
Land Category: Agricultural Open Space
Conservation Tool: Purchase of Conservation Easement held by Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust
Cost: $100,000
Partners: Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Douglas County and The Conservation Trust Fund
Location: Immediately west of Greenland and I-25 in the South I-25 Conservation Corridor