1% Pledges to Trampe Ranch Conservation Project

1% for Open Space has recently pledged monetary support to the Trampe Ranch Conservation Project

The Trampe Ranch boasts some of the most spectacular viewsheds in the county

The Trampe Ranch boasts some of the most spectacular viewsheds in the county

through a joint partnership of the Trust for Public Land and the Nature Conservancy. The 1% grant of $200,000 will help permanently preserve nearly 6,000 highly visible acres throughout the Gunnison Valley. The East River parcels total 2,647 acres, the Jack’s Cabin parcel is 284 acres (joining an already preserved 978 acres), and the Home Ranch just north of Gunnison is 1,917 acres.

“This is one of the most exciting projects I have ever been a part of since I moved here,” says Glo Cunningham, 1% for Open Space Board President, “It is so important to protect these amazing ranchlands and viewsheds. Huge kudos go out to Bill Trampe, Susan Lohr, Justin Spring and the Trust for Public Land along with the Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy for all their hard work.”

The Trampe Ranch helps to preserve our agrarian culture, rural lifestyle and pastoral landscape quintessential to this area’s identity and economic viability

The Trampe Ranch helps to preserve our agrarian culture, rural lifestyle and pastoral landscape quintessential to this area’s identity and economic viability.

Bill Trampe is a third generation rancher, co-founder of the Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy, and runs one of the largest cow / calf and yearling operations in the region, accounting for approximately 20 percent of Gunnison County’s annual agricultural productivity. His goal in permanently preserving his land in conservation easements is to provide an enduring natural resource base for agriculture so that the business of producing food will continue to be sustainable forever.

The Trampe Ranch also boasts some of the most spectacular viewsheds in the county, covering over 30 miles of landscape-scale terrain. Moreover, it serves as important habitat for the Gunnison Sage-Grouse with lek, brood rearing and winter range territories. Trampe shares the ranch with elk, mule deer, black bear, mountain lions, many smaller mammals, and numerous migratory and resident birds, including 13 raptor species.

In addition to the permitted and primary use of agriculture, the Trampe Ranch conservation easements

The Trampe Ranch covers nearly 6,000 acres in the Crested Butte, Almont and Gunnison areas

The Trampe Ranch covers nearly 6,000 acres in the Crested Butte, Almont and Gunnison areas

will also allow for guided and outfitted hunting and fishing; ecological research; seasonal outdoor activities or events; and educational activities promoting agriculture and natural resources – all exclusively by permission of the landowner and provided they do not harm the grazing and agricultural uses of the land or violate the Conservation Easement.

“The Trust for Public Land is honored to work on the Trampe Ranch conservation easement,” says Colorado Director of Land Protection for TPL Justin Spring, “This is one of the most significant projects ever tackled in Colorado and vital to the community character of Gunnison County. ”

The Trampe Ranch Conservation Project addresses several core values of 1% for Open Space that guide the organization’s funding. These include the preservation of Gunnison County’s ranching heritage, gorgeous viewsheds, wildlife habitat, watersheds and important ecosystems. In addition to the ecosystem services the land provides, protection of the Trampe Ranch helps to preserve our agrarian culture, rural lifestyle and pastoral landscape quintessential to this area’s identity and economic viability.

“Words do not express the profound respect we at 1% for Open Space have for Bill Trampe and his utter and heartfelt connection to the land he has stewarded throughout his lifetime,” says Executive Director Molly Murfee, “On a recent funders’ site visit, over and over people came up to him to say ‘thank you.’ His consistent response was ‘It’s not about me, it’s about the land.’ This kind of dedicated ethic is regrettably rare in today’s world, and we are incredibly fortunate in the Gunnison Country to have someone like Trampe whose ultimate vision includes preservation of the land and dedication to the crucial issue of food security.”

Parcels of the Trampe Ranch to be permanently preserved in Crested Butte, Almont and Gunnison

Parcels of the Trampe Ranch to be permanently preserved in Crested Butte, Almont and Gunnison

The Trampe Ranch Conservation Project is scheduled to close December 2016. For personal donations towards the project please visit the Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy’s website at www.gunnisonlegacy.org or contact Scott Dissel at the Trust for Public Land at 303-867-2337.

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About 1% for Open Space 

1% for Open Space raises funds through voluntary donations from customers of over 100 participating businesses to help preserve Gunnison County’s open space, ranching heritage, gorgeous viewsheds, wildlife habitat, watersheds, important ecosystems, and recreational opportunities. Since 1997, 1% has collected over $2.4 million to help protect over 12,100 acres in Gunnison County.

1% for Open Space works exclusively in Gunnison County and operates on two separate accounts. Businesses in the northern end of the valley raise funds for open space projects north of Almont. Businesses in the southern end of the valley raise funds for projects including Almont and south. 1% will be drawing funds for the Trampe Ranch Conservation Project from both their northern and southern accounts, meaning participating businesses from Gunnison, to Crested Butte, to Mt. Crested Butte have raised the funds for this project.

1% for Open Space is now in its Spring Sign Up Season through June 17. Become an integral part of historic projects such as the permanent protection of the Trampe Ranch. Interested businesses should contact Executive Director Molly Murfee for a free coffee date and information session. For more information visit www.1percentforopenspace.org, call 970-349-1775, or write to director@1percentforopenspace.org.

 

 

1% and RMBL Continue Preserving Schofield Park

1% for Open Space has recently helped the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory purchase more Schofield Park properties for permanent preservation.  The purchase totals twelve lots, or 1.89 acres and is directly adjacent to land already purchased by RMBL with 1% assistance. RMBL will match the 1% donation with its own funds for the remainder of the total land value.  RMBL will hold the property and manage it in a manner consistent with the already extensive land holdings of the CBLT and TNC in the area.  1% for Open Space has now helped preserve over 78 acres in Schofield Park since 1999 through the Trust for Public Land, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and Crested Butte Land Trust.

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.  Schofield Park borders sensitive outdoor research areas utilized by RMBL, as well as National Forest land.

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.

RMBL has been involved in conservation in the area of Schofield Park for over 50 years. They collaborated on their first major project with The Nature Conservancy to purchase approximately 1,000 acres, an area now known as the Mexican Cut Preserve. This was TNC’s first project in the state of Colorado and research conducted in the Preserve informed revision of the Clean Air Act, leading to protections for air in the western United States.

“As obtaining permission to work on USFS properties becomes more complex, costly and time-consuming, private inholdings where we can locate experiments and equipment, such as the recently purchased property in Schofield, are becoming an important part of the tools that RMBL uses to facilitate research and education,” commented Executive Director Ian Billick.

With the addition of these 1.89 acres, 1% for Open Space has now helped preserve close to 5,000 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 to preserve open space in Gunnison County.