Results and Accomplishments
• In 2003, Fort Carson, TNC, and the US Department of the Army negotiated short-term conservation leases with the owner of a privately-held ranch adjacent to 7 miles of Carson’s border, restricting development on approximately 30,000 acres. The leases were executed temporarily to allow enough time to complete in-perpetuity easements.
• In February 2005, the US Department of the Army funded the ﬁrst easement acquisition phase, working toward an ultimate target of more than 60,000 acres of conservation easements along Fort Carson’s southern and eastern boundaries. To date, this is the largest conservation easement the Department of the Army has acquired to mitigate encroachment on a major military installation. The permanent buffers will ensure compatible uses such as agriculture, green space, and habitat conservation on adjacent lands. It also will provide a useful buffer to reduce the number of complaints about dust and noise that frequently arise from training exercises.
• Examples of the roles various partners played include biological surveys, real estate estimates, Threatened and Endangered Species surveys, legal reviews, development and negotiation of the conservation lease and the easement, habitat development planning, and wildlife surveys.
• In March 2005, the FWS awarded its ﬁrst Military Installation Conservation Partnership Award to Fort Carson, citing its outstanding on-the-ground management and conservation leadership.