The 130 acre Three Sisters Project
offers a rare opportunity to acquire and place into
public ownership a strategic property that will improve access to an extremely
popular non-motorized trail
system, protect a scenic
corridor leading to the Colorado National Monument, and provide recreational and
environmental education opportunities. Read more about this in the
GJ Sentinel article!
The Three Sisters property, adjacent to
the Tabeguache/Lunch Loop Trail system, is just minutes from downtown and offers
a gentle terrain that is perfect for hiking and biking trails for all levels,
including families and kids.
The Mesa Land Trust with help from the
City of Grand Junction and the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Association (COPMOBA)
will purchase this land, develop trails, place a conservation easement on the
property that will preserve it for public use, and then deed the property over
to the City. Mesa Land Trust hopes to complete this acquisition in Spring of
Provides Trade Land for Three Sisters Project
17th The Grand Junction City Council voted unanimously to provide a 3.5 acres
parcel of land along the Riverside Parkway to help acquire the Three Sisters
Property. The Land Trust will purchase the Three Sisters property for a
combination of cash and this commercially zoned trade parcel. The Grand
Junction Daily Sentinel highlighted the importance of this in a
Sisters presents a Win-Win
Three Sisters as a public recreational area utilizes a unique opportunity to
expand the Tabeguache/Lunch Loop trail system, build trails for beginner riders,
extend the Colorado Riverfront Trail, promote more tourism, enhance the
recreational experience of the thousands of trail users, both local and from
throughout the world, and protect the viewshed along Monument Road. Trail users,
local residents, tourists, and Mesa County businesses all benefit from
preserving the Three Sisters.
Sisters as an Outdoor Classroom
As part of the
Three Sisters Trail System, Mesa Land Trust wants to establish an informal
outdoor educational supplement to the trails, noting rare and endangered plants,
wildlife, and perhaps even dinosaur bones.
Sisters property is home to native desert shrub and grass land and contains a
wide variety of flowering plan and desert species. This native plant
habitat supports wildlife including reptiles, birds, deer, fox, and even
provides foraging ground for the peregrine falcon.
Early paleontologist, Elmer Riggs, may
have roamed these lands looking for dinosaur bones. Modern local paleontologists
will help the Mesa Land Trust assess this history and determine if bones can
still be found on the property.
Preserving Three Sisters
has exceptional urgency. The property was acquired by developers in 2004,
re-zoned and approved for development in 2008 that would allow the construction
of extensive infrastructure and permit up to 131 homes on this rugged and
beautiful property. It is important to complete this project now because the
property is available at a very good price. Acquisition of Three Sisters, if
the property is even available, will be considerably more costly as the country
emerges from the economic downturn.
project cost is $1.6 million which includes the purchase of the land, the
development of trails, and the installation of educational signs and shade
structures. The Mesa Land Trust has already made great progress toward meeting
this goal. Donate now to the Three Sisters Project through Pay-pal