Southwest Colorado: Montrose County, just upstream from the San Miguel River's confluence with Tabeguache Creek
Why TNC Selected This Site
This preserve protects a broad floodplain supporting high-quality examples of the globally rare Rio Grande cottonwood/skunkbrush sumac and Rio Grande cottonwood/coyote willow riparian plant communities.
What TNC Has Done/Is Doing
In 1988, The Nature Conservancy protected 250 acres along the San Miguel River—the first site to be protected along this waterway. Now with two more preserves and cooperative projects with the Bureau of Land Management and other partners, we have helped to protect more than 30 miles of the river.
Preserving the riparian habitat is The Nature Conservancy's foremost concern at this preserve. This is accomplished through actions such as the following:
- Non-native weed control (tamarisk, Russian olive and Chinese elm)
- Educating the local community about the riparian plant and animal communities
- Creating partnerships within the region to promote conservation