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Land Protection Plan

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge & Chandler Ranch
Land Donation—Colorado

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Photograph of the Chandler Ranch landscape.

Photograph of the Chandler Ranch landscape.

When Gloria Chandler passed away in 2008, she left instructions in her will that "all of my ranch real estate together with all existing leases be given to the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge." Her intent was to donate the ranch to the Service for inclusion in the National Wildlife Refuge System and for protection of the ranch’s extensive natural resources.

  • Comprises 2,250 acres.
  • Located 13 miles north of Walden, Colorado, in Jackson County.

Completed Plan Contacts

The Service completed this plan in 2009.


Refuge Address

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
953 Jackson County Road #32
Walden, Colorado 80480


Refuge Telephone

970 / 723 8202

Refuge Email

arapaho@fws.gov

Refuge Website

Arapaho NWR

An environmental assessment documented the Service's analysis of the environmental and social effects of accepting the Chandler Ranch as part of the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge.

Chandler Ranch habitats include riparian willows, irrigated meadows, sagebrush-dominated uplands, small groves of aspen and conifer trees, and small seasonal wetlands.

Several wildlife species depend on sagebrush habitat including greater sage-grouse, sage thrasher, sage sparrow, and Brewer’s sparrow. State and Federal agencies recognize all these as species of concern.


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Last modified: November 14, 2019
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