Rocky Mountain Conservancy transfers Johnson property to Rocky Mountain National Park
Folks hiking the Continental Divide Trail will soon have a less obstructed view of the Kawuneeche Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park.
In the next few weeks the Rocky Mountain Conservancy will transfer a parcel of land known as the Johnson Property to the Park. The property is approximately four miles from the west entrance station to Rocky and is located across the valley from the Betty Dick property.
The Johnson property was previously used seasonally by the Johnson family. After the family decided they no longer wanted the property they offered the land parcel for sale. The Conservancy raised funds and purchased the property. The transaction was completed in 2013.
“One great benefit of this is we will be able to remove traces of a road that crosses the Kawuneeche Valley,” said Charles Money, director for the Conservancy. Money explained there is also a cabin on the property that will likely be removed so the land can return to its natural state.
The Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the habitat and wildlife within the Park. The Conservancy provides support to the Park through educational programs, seminars and research and through philanthropic and other aid work. The Conservancy manages the Rocky Mountain National Park Fund, which provides funding for philanthropic endeavors within the Park.
Money said the Conservancy’s Conservation Corps crew will be assisting the Park Service this summer with protection work on the Little Buckaroo Ranch Barn. Money said workers would likely be working on the buildings roof and windows. He described the proposed work on the barn as “repairs to preserve the structure”
“We are working again with members of the community on improvements to Trail River Ranch so it can be used more extensively in future years,” said Money. “We are working with the Park Service to determine what improvements in repairs we can do to make it a viable education venue.”
Money explained that the Park Service is acquiring the Johnson property from the Conservancy and is paying the appraised value for it. He said the funds will in turn be used by the Conservancy for its next project.
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