Rio Grande Initiative: Haywood Ranch Conservation Easement

Category: Conservation Easements
Organization: Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust
Date Approved: September 2012
Basin Funds: $25,000
State Funds: $400,000

This project helped fund the purchase of a conservation easement on the 400-acre Haywood Ranch in Rio Grande County. The conservation easement secured approximately 30% of the Silva Ditch, the #1 most senior water right on the Rio Grande in Colorado, to the property. This is an important addition to the landscape-scale effort to protect and sustain the historic water use patterns along the Rio Grande river corridor by tying the water rights to the land through permanent, voluntary conservation easements.

Haywood Ranch