Marking a Milestone and Making a Difference

Phantom Canyon Ranch Preserve celebrates 25 years

Livermore, CO | May 28, 2014

The Nature Conservancy is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Phantom Canyon Preserve by giving volunteers an opportunity to experience the pristine beauty of one of the Front Range’s last remaining roadless canyons. A quarter of a century ago, the non-profit organization purchased this land to ensure native plants and animals have a safe place where they can thrive and people can enjoy its unspoiled natural beauty for generations to come. 

“The preserve has enabled diverse members of the community to connect to a special place that has always supported a rich history with people and nature,” explains Heather Knight, the Conservancy’s project director for the area. “Through community engagement like guided hikes and volunteer days, people are able to connect to the land, appreciate its beauty and help take care of it.” 

The Phantom Canyon Preserve encompasses 1,120 acres of a spectacular river canyon. Because the canyon spans the transition from shortgrass prairie to the Rocky Mountains, there are many kinds of habitats, plants and wildlife. More than 600 species of plants and 100 species of birds, along with black bear, elk, mountain lion, mule deer and pronghorn antelope, all come together to call this unique place home. 

Working alongside hundreds of volunteers and partner organizations, the Conservancy has improved the health of native plant and animal communities through ongoing restoration projects such as collecting and planting seeds of native plants. Other preserve land management practices including managing invasive plants, implementing sustainable livestock grazing techniques and using controlled burns to maintain land health. 

“The future of this exceptional canyon is dependent upon the development of new tools for land management that will ensure we can take care of our natural resources for years to come,” says Knight. “This is a critical source of drinking water on Colorado’s northern Front Range that still supports ranching families who provide local food for growing urban downstream communities. Supporting good stewardship practices ensures healthy land and water for people and wildlife for generations to come.” 

If you would like to experience the natural beauty of Phantom Canyon firsthand and help ensure its continued existence, sign up for the upcoming volunteer events or the bird walk on May 31 that will be led by a resident bird expert. A variety of projects are scheduled in celebration of the preserve’s anniversary during the upcoming weeks. To sign up, email or call 970-484-9996.  

  • Bird Walk May 31: 7am-10am
  • Facilities Painting June 1 & 8: 9am-3pm
  • Walk &Weed June 7 & 9: 9am-3pm

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Contact information

Shawn Pendergrass
The Nature Conservancy in Colorado


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