and people is recognized through World Heritage Natural Area, Globally Important Bird Area and National Conservation Area designations. Its riparian forests support nearly half of all US bird species and one of the most diverse faunas in North America, including federally- listed species. Riparian forest is one of the most rare and important forest types in the West. The Arizona Assessment of Need identifies it as the highest protection priority due to the critical importance for wildlife and extreme threat of conversion (90% has been lost or degraded since statehood). This project contributes to the success of a larger landscape-level collaborative effort that has protected over 65,000 acres of riparian forest in the San Pedro River Watershed.
CA, Chalk Mountain Area, ($2,000,000)- The Chalk Mt Area Project consists of two family-owned working ranches managed for timber, fish and wildlife habitat, grazing, open space and recreation. The proposed Chalk Mt Ranch conservation easement is 7,276 acres and the proposed Charles MTN Ranch conservation easement is 8,040 acres. Both ranches include very productive forest habitat and are strategically located proximate to one another and federal and state protected public lands (see map). Protecting these working ranches contributes to the landscape-level conservation strategy of providing a continuous corridor of open space and forested wildlife habitat from the Six Rivers National Forest to the Pacific (Six Rivers to the Sea Conservation Initiative, supported by local, state and federal agencies). Landowners are dedicated to sustainable land management. These ranches provide timber (175 MMBF) to support the local industry infrastructure, while holding some of the largest intact areas of privately-owned forestlands in the region. These ranches contain over 12 miles of productive salmonid spawning streams and 40 miles of perennial stream habitat, all draining into two major River watersheds, which support the federally threatened Coho salmon and other spps. Over 50% of the funding will be provided by CA's WCB and landowner donations.
CO, Snow Mountain Ranch, ($2,500,000)- This project eliminates all subdivision and development on 2,787 acres of Snow Mountain Ranch, owned by YMCA of the Rockies. Located in Grand County, CO, Snow Mountain Ranch is situated between Winter Park Ski Resort and Rocky Mountain National Park in a landscape where private land is rapidly being converted to residential and golf course developments. Snow Mountain Ranch is distinguished by its majestic Rocky Mountain setting where youth, families, national and international conference groups connect with nature. The proposed conservation easement protects the primitive, forested backcountry on Snow Mountain Ranch, as well as Pole Creek watershed, excluding the guest facilities at lower elevations. Surrounded by Arapaho National Forest and BLM on three sides, Snow Mountain Ranch provides a critical buffer to federal lands, and the public gains access to Arapaho NF by crossing Snow Mtn. Ranch on County Road 53. This project protects the upper watershed of Pole Creek, which drains into the Fraser River, an important tributary to the Colorado River. YMCA of the Rockies has consistently held a strong commitment to preserving the environment for future generations, and this project will have local, national and international impact.
7. CT, Tulmeadow Farm, ($1,415,000)- Connecticut's #1 ranked project for the 2010 fiscal year is a 73 acre managed woodlot which is part of a 260 acre family farm that has been operated by the same family since 1768. The trusts for this property have expired and the beneficiaries, who are of retirement age, need liquid assets. The agricultural portion of the farm (187 acres) is currently protected by easements held by the local land trust. Obtaining an easement for this project would permanently protect the entire farm. The farm is located in the north central portion of CT in the Town of Simsbury, which is just 15 miles outside of the state capitol, Hartford. Although located in a highly suburbanized area, this property acts as a