Steputis family partners with Larimer County to conserve 884-acre ranch
LOVELAND, Colo. — In partnership with local landowners Mark and Candee Steputis, Larimer County Natural Resources has conserved an 884-acre ranch via conservation easement in northern Larimer County. The conservation easement acquisition is made possible due to a generous donation from the Steputis family as well as being a component of the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) 2020 Laramie Foothills Expansion Grant, which bolsters the efforts of Larimer County and City of Fort Collins to conserve lands in this region.
The Little Ponderosa Ranch boasts scenic rolling grasslands and ponderosa pine forest, rock outcroppings, and key wildlife habitats west of Red Mountain Open Space.
The Steputis family has called this ranch home for more than 30 years, managing the forest and acquiring additional, smaller parcels to stitch the ranch together. “I am proud to have been able to partner with Larimer County to achieve our common goals and vision, with regard to Little Ponderosa Ranch. As a long-time resident and owner, I am comforted in the knowledge that our property will remain intact without being subdivided while protecting wildlife habitat for the natural world — just as we found it in 1987,” Mark Steputis said.
“The Steputis family is tremendously generous to have the foresight to protect this habitat and landscape from parceled development,” Meegan Flenniken, Land Conservation, Planning & Resource Division Manager, Larimer County Natural Resources. “It’s been an honor to work with Mark and Candee to achieve their vision for conservation and we sincerely thank them for partnering with us.”
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