Floyd Hill Open Space - Evergreen, CO
Announcing the Conservation of 108 Acres
Evergreen, CO (Mar. 21, 2017) – Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) has closed on a Conservation Easement on 108 acres on Floyd Hill Open Space protecting this land in perpetuity. MALT led the way for the purchase of this meadow and forested area of land highly visible off I-70 on North Floyd Hill, located within Clear Creek County. The Trust for Public Land (TPL) managed the purchase transaction of the property with Clear Creek County contributing $300,000, Jefferson County contributing $200,000 and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) granting $545,000 towards the purchase price and due diligence. The land was conveyed on March 17, 2017 to Clear Creek and Jefferson Counties and will be directly managed as public open space by Clear Creek County, with the Conservation Easement ensuring its permanent protection being held by MALT. This area will allow outdoor recreationists to conveniently access over 12,000 acres of public land from I-70 to reach miles of connected Peaks to Plains trails. MALT was also awarded a Connecting Youth Initiative grant from GOCO to fund guided hikes for kids in the Denver area.
“This is an accumulation of several years’ worth of work by many partners and we are excited about the completion of the purchase. The North Floyd Hill trailhead will allow access to thousands of acres of previously inaccessible public lands to Colorado residents and visitors, and provide new hiking and biking opportunities while also protecting valuable open space,” said Jeanne Beaudry, MALT’s Executive Director.
The Clear Creek County Open Space Master Plan 2030 identifies Floyd Hill as a major gateway to Clear Creek County and one of the county’s two fastest growing areas supporting most new residential growth. The North Floyd Hill property acquisition completes a contiguous network of open space securing continued protection of wildlife habitat and additional recreational opportunities. The partners in this project recognize that the property is the final piece of a decades-long protection effort for one of the last remaining conservation and new recreational trail opportunities along the I-70 corridor between Golden and Idaho Springs.
The North Floyd Hill property contains outstanding scenic values and provides a gateway into an undeveloped network of open parcels along the ridge of Clear Creek Canyon. The forest and meadow ecosystem provides critical habitat for elk, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, black bear, mule deer and a number of bird species that are losing their natural habitat as the Front Range becomes more developed.
Clear Creek Open Space plans to open the Floyd Hill Open Space to public usage in early June. A temporary parking area will be defined as well as a preliminary trail through the meadow to connect to existing two track roads. Stay tuned to the Clear Creek County Open Space web site, http://openspace.us for more details and MALT's Facebook page.
MALT has been the driving force behind the North Floyd Hill Public Project and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) awarded MALT, The Trust for Public Land and its Partners a $545,000 GOCO grant to complete this $1,057,500 purchase!
This 108 acre property will be co-owned by Clear Creek County and Jefferson County who are also providing funding the purchase. A Conservation Easement will be held by MALT which will permanently protect this property. Located about 25 minutes from Denver on North Floyd Hill, this property is highly visible from I-70 and will provide convenient access to over 12,000 acres of public land to hikers and cyclists.
Over the last several months, MALT’s Executive Director, Jeanne Beaudry, has built successful partnerships with local governments and non-profits that have made the North Floyd Hill Public Project possible. MALT has teamed up with Clear Creek County Open Space, Jefferson County Open Space and The Trust for Public Land to provide partial funds for this acquisition and to apply to Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) for the final funding required to purchase the property at fair market value. In October, GOCO staff recommended this project to be funded and final approval by the GOCO Board was awarded on Wednesday, December 8, 2016.
This property is within Clear Creek County, yet Jefferson County is committed to this acquisition as it will allow outdoor recreationists to conveniently access over 12,000 acres of public land from I-70, much of which is within Jefferson County. This will mark the first time that Jefferson County has acquired Open Space outside of their County boundary. Additionally, a Conservation Easement on this property, held by MALT, will ensure public access and restrict development in perpetuity. Highly visible from the I-70 corridor, this property will soon be a destination for hikers and mountain bikers looking for mountainous terrain close to home. Keep an eye out for upcoming volunteer trail building opportunities!
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