Jager Avoided Grassland Conversion
This project enables the Southern Plains Land Trust, a local organization dedicated to preserving shortgrass prairie, to acquire and conserve 6,600 acres of the Jagers Ranch in southeastern Colorado in February 2020. The ranch is deemed to face an imminent threat of conversion to cropland, given that its soils are suitable for farming and cropland rental rates in Bent County for row crops are more than five times pasture land rates. A permanent conservation easement will preserve Jagers Ranch and avoid the conversion of the land to farming or development. This will prevent an estimated 190,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere over the next fifty years.