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In Northwest Colorado, our clear blue skies have had a distinct smoky haze most of the summer. Every year, fire danger is part of living in the west. Dry years bring obvious increased risk and attention to the potential for problems that are often too close to home.

In many cases, people tend to think of forestry management as a topic reserved for those that work for the government and deal with our public lands. While they clearly have a critical role in the stewardship of our resources, so do private land owners. Many ranch and rural property owners are comfortable with management topics involving grazing or spraying weeds, but developing a plan to properly manage the trees and other woody plant species found on the property is important. Fire

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The landscape involving water continues to change both physically and figuratively. In the world of ranching and living in a rural setting, water issues shape the management and stewardship of land as well as the capability to reside in a rural location. An important topic at the forefront of conversation involving the world of water includes the State of Colorado’s position on issuing well permits. This is a summary of the letter released on February 1, 2018 by the Division of Water Resources.

Can I get a well permit for my land?
The State of Colorado Division of Water Resources continues to work on a plan for issuing well permits, and their position evolves over time as areas of the state grow in population creating pressure within given

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Many landowners and land investors utilize tools to reduce property tax expenses, lower the burden of taxation when transferring land assets through inheritance and estate planning, and to preserve the resources and characteristics of the land over time. One widely used method to help achieve these goals is through the use of conservation easements. A conservation easement transfers the development rights of a given parcel of land from a willing landowner to a qualified land trust entity. These agreements are permanent, run with the land, can limit use, and protect the land from development in perpetuity. The land itself can still be sold, but the deed restriction remains in place. Since the development rights have value, can you be compensated for

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A Land Preservation Subdivision (LPS) can be a useful tool for those evaluating investment strategies related to large parcels of land. Counties throughout the West may have programs under a different title, but many offer a similar strategy seen as a win-win for both the public and the land owner. In Routt County, zoning allows for land zoned for Agriculture and Forestry to be divided into tracts of greater than 35 acres without petitioning the Planning Commission. To keep larger parcels of contiguous land from being divided and creating “sprawl”, wildlife habitat concerns, broken vistas, and reduced agricultural production, the LPS allows a land owner to create a “Remainder Parcel” of undeveloped land in exchange for “Bonus Buildable Lots”.

For every

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Steamboat Springs has certainly evolved and grown from a western cow town to a resort community with a steady flow of tourists here to enjoy all that is offered. While the Yampa Valley strives to maintain its roots, and preserve a deep appreciation for agriculture, the growth has pushed the bigger ranch properties a bit farther from downtown. Tow Creek Ranch is a hidden gem that is a bit of an exception.

Tow Creek Ranch is 2,160 acres and sits right off of Highway 40 just 13 miles from downtown. The property, as its name implies, follows Tow Creek as it flows right down the middle of the ranch. The topography changes from the creek bottom to a variety of small valleys offering protection and habitat for a wide range of wildlife species,

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A tour of the Son Hi Ranch nestled up against the Flat Tops Wilderness west of Phippsburg leaves the wildlife enthusiast or hunter drooling. The current headquarters of the ranch sits upon a mesa with irrigated hay meadows stretching out toward the valley below while timber covered hills rise toward the neighboring wilderness area. It is the backside of the ranch that teams with elk, deer, bear, grouse and a variety of birds, the occasional moose, and even big horn sheep.

We pulled up next to a seasonal ranch employee to say hello when we saw the expression on his face. Normally a rather subdued individual, the employee’s eyes were wide as he excitedly asked, “Did you see that ram? He was huge! His horns curled all the way around!” He had just

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