Johnson Property transferred to Rocky Mountain National Park
July 21, 2015
Rocky Mountain National Park announced this week it has completed the transfer of the Johnson Property within the park from the Rocky Mountain Conservancy to the Park.
The Johnson Property was a parcel of land previously owned by the Johnson Family and used seasonally. After deciding they no longer wanted the land the Johnson family offered the property for sale and it was purchased by the RMC in February 2013.
The effort to purchase the property began in 2012 when officials from RMNP identified the parcel as a high priority for acquisition and enlisted the help of the RMC to raise the funds needed to purchase the land. Over 900 individuals donated to the project raising approximately $400,000 to contribute to the purchasing the land with the intention of transferring the parcel to RMNP.
The Johnson property is 3.89 acres and is located on the park's west side within the Kawuneeche Valley. The land is visible from portions of the Continental Divide Trail and purchasing the property will allow the National Parks Service (NPS) to return the land to a natural state. The Park intends to remove several small structures from the property, power lines and a 1-mile access road.
"The addition of this property to Rocky Mountain National Park continues the legacy of community support and individual philanthropy established by Enos Mills, F.O. Stanley, Mary Belle King Sherman and others who founded this park." said Charles Money, executive director for the Rocky Mountain Conservancy. "This is especially significant in this, the park's centennial year."
"We appreciate the continued support of the Conservancy to preserve this special place for the benefit of current and future generations," said Park Superintendent Vaughn Baker.
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The Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the habitat and wildlife within Rocky. The organization manages the Rocky Mountain National Park Fund, which provides funding for philanthropic endeavors within the park along with their management of the Land Protection Fund.
For more information about the Conservancy or to donate contact them at 970-586-0108, or visit RMConservancy.org.