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South Platte River Focus Area
The First Land Trust Easement on a Morgan County Ranch

Mr. Rocchio on his Land Trust easement
The Centennial Land Trust has acquired its first Conservation Easement: on the Joe Rocchio property near Orchard, Colorado. Joe began acquiring the ranch in the 1940's.  He has always considered himself to be a conservationist and wanted to be sure his ranch was left as a legacy for the benefit of wildilfe and cattle ranching. Joe likes the fact that the easement will protect the ranch from subdivision.  Partners for Fish and Wildlife will help restore wildlife habitat.

Easement Properties

  • 1,200 acres east of Orchard - South Platte River riparian corridor with open cottonwood forest, saltgrass wet meadow and tillable lands.
  • 1,800+ acres north of Orchard - dryland sandsage prairie.

Easement Funding

  • Great Outdoors Colorado
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Centennial Land Trust Contact:  Rick Sandquist, 970-645-2471
Conservation Easements

Everyone's situation and property are unique.  Easements can usually be structured to fit individual needs.

Two most often asked questions:

1.  Do I have to allow public access to my property?
2.  Can you condemn my property for the "Public Good?"

The answer to both questions is NO.

Link to more information on conservation easements

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