NRCS Easement Program Helps Conserve Glade Park Views, Wildlife Habitat and Ranches
Using the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado helped conserve a 680 acre ranch on Glade Park. Colorado’s Glade Park is located on the western slope and is surrounded by the Colorado National Monument, Piñon Mesa, the Grand Mesa National Forest, and McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.
ACEP provides financial and technical assistance to help landowners conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits. Under the Agricultural Land Easements ACEP program, NRCS helps Indian tribes, state and local governments, private landowners, Land Trusts and non-governmental organizations protect working agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land.
Under the ACEP Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE) component, NRCS helps to restore, protect, and enhance enrolled wetlands.
The 680 addition will be added to the nearly 50,000 acres of private ranchland that is currently conserved. These conservation effort are intended to preserve the unique natural and agricultural characteristics of Glade Park.