Douglas County adds new open space

Ditmars Ranch is now protected under a conservation easement


A 1,500-acre ranch in Douglas County is now protected open space after the purchase of a conservation easement on the property was completed at a recent business meeting.

The purchase of Ditmars Ranch was funded by the Conservation Fund and Douglas County, which each contributed $1 million. The Douglas County portion came from the portion of sales tax earmarked for open space.

“The ability to have this funding is thanks to the public,” Commissioner Roger Partridge said. 

The land has an evergreen forest and grasslands. It serves as a habitat for elk, mule deer, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion and bighorn sheep.

The land will still be privately owned and will operate as a cattle ranch. Four times per year, the public will be able to enter the land during guided hikes on the property. 

With this easement, there are now 35,000 acres of preserved land in the South I-25 Conservation Corridor, according to a Douglas County press release.

The conservation easement will be held by Douglas Land Conservancy.


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