Town Board approves conservation easement for Sheep Draw property |

Town Board approves conservation easement for Sheep Draw property

Casey Kelly

The Windsor Town Board approved a conservation easement for about 158 acres of land in western Weld County known as the Sheep Draw property at the board's meeting Feb. 10.

The easement states the land has a relatively natural habitat, open space, scenic enjoyment experiences and significant public benefits, including recreation and education opportunities, and the entities involved in the grant intend to "preserve and protect in perpetuity the Conservation Values for the benefit of this and future generations."

In 2012, the town partnered with Fort Collins, Larimer County, Timnath and Greeley on a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant to acquire and develop land parcels near the Poudre River, Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture Melissa Chew said.

Greeley will own the deed on the land, but Windsor and Larimer County will hold the conservation easement on the land through an already-approved intergovernmental agreement, Chew said. After two to three years, Windsor will be the sole holder of the easement, she said.

The town will pay an annual stewardship fee of $312 in monitoring costs for the property, Chew said.

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