1% and RMBL Saving Schofield Park

Schofield Park

1% for Open Space funded the purchase of ten lots totaling 1.1 acres in Schofield Park this June 2011. Purchase of these lots was facilitated by the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL), who will match the 1% donation with its own funds for the remainder of the total land value. The lots border land previously preserved by RMBL with 1% for Open Space funds. Conservation of this property helps ensure that future generations of scientists and students will have access to relatively undisturbed research sites.  It continues long-term efforts involving a range of partners, including The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Lands, the Crested Butte Land Trust, and the RMBL to protect the area between Gothic and Marble. The Lab plans to hold the property and manage it in a manner consistent with the already extensive land holdings of the CBLT and TNC in the area.

This project adds to the over 200 acres protected in the Park since 1997. Part of the 1,800 acre High Elk Corridor preservation project that connects the Maroon Bells-Snowmass and Raggeds Wilderness Areas, Schofield Park serves as the southernmost terminus for the West Maroon Pass Trail. A gateway to one of the nation’s most spectacular wildflower areas, this sub-alpine meadow is visited by thousands of hikers and bikers each year. Schofield Park borders sensitive outdoor research areas utilized by RMBL, as well as National Forest land. 1% for Open Space has helped preserve over 177 acres in Schofield Park since 1999 through the Trust for Public Land, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and Crested Butte Land Trust.

With the addition of these 1.1 acres, 1% for Open Space has now helped preserve over 4,500 acres since its inception in 1997. Through the dedication and participation of over 70 local businesses and their customers, 1% has raised over $1.7 million for open space preservation to date.

The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory’s mission is to advance the deep scientific understanding of nature that promotes informed stewardship of the Earth. Of the approximately 300 field stations in North American, RMBL is one of the largest and oldest. The long-term history of in-depth research, in combination with a relatively pristine location and a compressed growing season especially sensitive to variation in climate, provides unparalleled opportunities to document and understand ecological perturbations of global importance.

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