Palmer Land Trust to Hold Easement
El Paso County Commissioners unanimously approved a conservation easement to cover the 1,193 acres of Jones Park.
“A conservation easement is a legal agreement to protect the conservation values of the property,” said Cole Emmons, Assistant County Attorney.
El Paso County Parks has negotiated with The Palmer Land Trust to enter into a Deed of Conservation Easement over Jones Park, with the primary purposes to ensure there is no commercial development on the property, to maintain the conservation values of the property including public recreation and education, to preserve the natural habitat and ecosystem (including that of the threatened greenback cutthroat trout), and to preserve open space for scenic enjoyment.
“It’s important to protect our parks for the current and future enjoyment of our citizens and visitors” said Commissioner Stan VanderWerf, whose district includes Jones Park. “This conservation easement is an important step forward.”
“We have enjoyed a great partnership with the Palmer Land Trust for nearly twenty years in the protection of special places in El Paso County and we look forward to working with PLT on preserving the conservation values at Jones Park,” said Tim Wolken, Executive Director of Community Services. “The conservation easement will ensure the conservation values at Jones Park will be protected in perpetuity.”
Palmer Land Trust also has several other El Paso County Parks under conservation easements.
Bear Creek Regional Park – 573 acres
Paint Mines Interpretive Park – 275 acres
Pineries Open Space – 1,067 acres
Schreder Open Space – 12 acres
El Paso County took ownership of Jones Park from the City of Colorado Springs in January 2015, with an agreement to place a conservation easement on the property.
El Paso County Parks and the U.S. Forest Service area currently working on rerouting Trail 667, the east-west route through Jones Park that will be popular with OHV users, hikers, and mountain bikers. The rerouted trail is scheduled to open this summer.
Since 1977, the Palmer Land Trust has protected 103,000 acres of working farms and ranches, signature landscapes and scenic corridors, and public recreation open spaces in a 10-county region. For more information on the Palmer Land Trust go to, https://www.palmerlandtrust.org/.
El Paso County Parks oversees 8,000 acres of park land and open space, 2,400 acres of conservation easements, 105 miles of trails, two nature centers, the El Paso County Fairgrounds and Event Complex and more than 1,000 recreation and environmental education programs.
Contact: Dave Rose
Public Information Officer
Phone: 520-6540 Cell: 337-9239