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LOVELAND, Colo. – This September, Larimer County will finalize the purchase of a 1,091-acre ranch that provides an over two-mile buffer and scenic backdrop to Red Mountain Open Space (RMOS).  Managed by Larimer County as part of RMOS, the property is a significant addition due to its high ecological and scenic values.
Located between RMOS to the east and Colorado State University’s (CSU) Maxwell Ranch to the west, the acquisition includes Larimer County’s fee purchase of 1,091 acres and conveyance of a conservation easement on the land to the City of Fort Collins.  This priority project is one of four ranches recently identified for conservation in the Laramie Foothills area and supported through the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Open Space grant awarded this June.

“This purchase further stitches together lands conserved through a long-term partnership among Larimer County, Fort Collins, private landowners and others in the Laramie Foothills,” said Meegan Flenniken, Land Conservation, Planning & Resource Division Manager, Larimer County Natural Resources.

The stunning property includes stream-carved canyons, hogback rock outcroppings, ponderosa pine forests, and one of the largest extents of globally imperiled mountain mahogany shrubland communities.
Larimer County will purchase the ranch for $3.5 million, with funding from the County’s Help Preserve Open Spaces sales tax, City of Fort Collins’ Open Space Yes sales tax, Great Outdoors Colorado, and the Friends of Larimer County Parks and Open Lands.

“We are honored to be able to partner with this landowner to protect the ranch in perpetuity,” said Daylan Figgs, Director, Larimer County Natural Resources. “Sincere thanks to the citizens of Fort Collins and Larimer County for their continued support of local open space initiatives that make projects like this possible.”

“This acquisition is an exciting addition to a beloved and increasingly important landscape of conserved lands in the Laramie Foothills,” said Mark Sears, Natural Areas Manager, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department. “These lands provide critical habitat and migration corridor for wildlife and much needed respite from urban life for all people.” 

For more information, please contact Meegan Flenniken at (970) 619-4562. 

About Larimer County Department of Natural Resources
The Department of Natural Resources manages Larimer County’s great outdoor places, including open spaces and magnificent water-based recreation areas, and fosters responsible land stewardship through weed management and healthy forest practices. To learn more, visit

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Hawk Canyon ranch, open space land acquisition
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 10:08am
Contact Details:

Meegan Flenniken
Land Conservation, Planning & Resource Division Manager
(970) 619-4562;

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