Activities » Completed Projects » Conservation » Johnson-Smith Ranch


The 1818-acre Johnson/Smith Ranch was a high conservation priority because of its scenic beauty and high quality wetlands.  Nearly five miles of Jefferson Creek meander through the Ranch, supporting an extensive willow community that serves as an elk calving area during spring.  The property also supports 15 rare plant species and communities of interest, mostly related to its extensive wetlands.

Funding for the conservation easement was provided by Great Outdoors Colorado, Park County Land and Water Trust Fund, and the Hillsdale Fund, Inc.