Resource Protection Area
Teller County acquired the 1,320 acre Catamount Ranch Resource Protection Area in 1997. The vision is to preserve the wild, unique beauty of this land on the north slope of Pikes Peak as a significant, protected wildlife habitat.
In addition to Teller County, funding partners included Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Rocky
Mountain Elk Foundation, Arkansas River Habitat Partnership Program, Gates Family Foundation, El Pomar and private contributors.
Teller County is proud of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to preserve a
wilderness area, protected in perpetuity. The Catamount Ranch is a part of a wildlife migration
corridor running south from US Highway 24 through Broken Wagon Ranch and into
the Colorado Springs Catamount watershed and onto the north slope of Pikes Peak.
It also encourages migration east and west from the watershed through
Mueller State Park and over to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.
A Management Plan for the property was developed in 1997. Implementation has begun, and
completed projects include:
- Establishment of the Bob Beekman Internship Program
- Complete trails and roads inventory (GIS)
- Preliminary Cultural Survey
- Forest Stewardship Management Plan
- Reclamation & Re-vegetation of an eroded trail segment
- Clean-up of two former dump sites
In December 2005, the Teller County Board of County Commissioners
passed a resolution to adopt the Management Plan
Update and Amendment for the
Catamount Ranch Open Space and Resource Protection Area, 2006-2008. This
follows an exchange of properties with the Catamount Institute, which
permits public access into the remainder of the county-owned Catamount Ranch
Resource Protection Area on the designated trail system.
To Access the Management Plan
Other Catamount Information Links:
Management Plan Update and Amendment, 2006-2008
1998 (Original) Management Plan
The Catamount Institute
Catamount Biological Field Station
Purchase Financial Information
Forest Stewardship Management Plan