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Posted on: November 6, 2018

Unique Conservation Partnership Preserves 424.6-Acre Lippincott Ranch

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Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) and City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP) recently finalized the land acquisition of the 424.6-acre Lippincott Ranch. Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) was also integral in the acquisition by providing JCOS and OSMP with a $1 million open space grant to assist with the purchase. Located off Plainview Road, the property straddles the Boulder-Jefferson county line, with 385.3 acres in Jefferson County and 39.3 acres in Boulder County.  

The acquisition connects to more than 80,000 acres of other public land and includes diverse ecosystems and plant communities, as well as important wildlife habitat and corridors. The property is closed to the public for the foreseeable future while JCOS and OSMP perform inventory, integration, and management planning work.

“My family and I are very happy to have partnered with Jeffco Open Space and City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks on the acquisition of our Lippincott Ranch property,” says Lippincott family member Pat Lippincott. “It’s a comfort to know that this land will be preserved for generations to come without the threat of development. I love knowing that the property will remain the same pristine place as when I grew up.”

This purchase takes the partnership between JCOS and OSMP to new heights as the organizations equally funded the $7.75 million acquisition and will co-own and co-manage the property in perpetuity. In addition, the Boulder Municipal Property Authority (BMPA) was used to finance the acquisition over a 20-year period, reducing upfront costs for both organizations. 

This purchase was approved by the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners and Boulder City Council, demonstrating both entities’ commitment to collaborative conservation and open space protection. 

Learn more about Great Outdoors Colorado at www.GOCO.org


Jeffco Open Space was founded as a land conservation organization in 1972. Our mission is to preserve open space and parkland, protect park and natural resources, and provide healthy, nature-based experiences. Funded with a one-half of one percent sales tax, our organization contributes to city and park district projects, has preserved more than 54,000 acres, and manages 28 open space parks and more than 258 miles of trails in Jefferson County, Colorado.

City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department preserves and protects the natural environment and land resources that characterize Boulder. It fosters appreciation and uses that sustain the natural values of the land for current and future generations. For more than 120 years, the City of Boulder and its Open Space and Mountain Parks Department have conserved more than 46,000 acres of open space. Today, the city maintains a 155-mile open space trail system, connecting visitors to diverse natural areas while also preserving the lands important natural, agricultural and cultural resources. Learn more about Open Space and Mountain Parks at www.OSMP.org.

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