Protecting Trampe Ranch

Supporting our partners to conserve our home

In a time of increasing national divisiveness, we have great news to share with you. The Trampe Ranch, 6,000 acres of scenic ranchlands spanning from Gothic to Gunnison, will be conserved forever. The Land Trust added the final financial piece of the puzzle to make this project a reality.

Ranching protects views and open space

Margery Feldburg is a former Land Trust board member and she contributed to the final gift. Margery runs a small cattle operation in Connecticut, where she produces grass-fed, pasture-raised beef cattle. Over time, it resonated with her that ranchers are incredibly important in land conservation, something that cattle ranchers in the Gunnsion Valley have known for generations.

“At the start of my time with Land Trust, I heard Bill Trampe make the simple point that no one has done more to preserve open space in Gunnison Valley than the ranchers. I was immediately struck by the simple, compelling truth of that statement,” Margery said. “I know ranching to be difficult and relentless, and we are all indebted to ranchers for continuing to commit themselves to this demanding work from which the rest of us benefit so profoundly. For Bill to have done this for a lifetime, and then to cap off his commitment with this gift to the community is truly singular and spectacular. I am honored and thrilled that Jeff and I had the opportunity to play any role in this absolutely historic, landmark transaction, let alone a key role.”

Trampe Ranch conservation

The Trampe Ranch was conserved in three phases and will be finalized in the spring of 2018. The first stage was completed in February, 2017, protecting 1,447 acres at the Trample Home Ranch.

“This land has been the heart of our ranch for more than 100 years,” Bill Trampe told the Crested Butte News. “The meadows and pastures are the resource base for ranch production, and also provide habitat for Gunnison sage-grouse and other wildlife species. Conservation of our home place means this land is available forever for agriculture.”

From our clean mountain water and incredible views, to our economy based on ranching and recreation, lands like the Trampe Ranch are the heart and soul of the Gunnison Valley. These working lands protect our natural resources and form the backbone of our culture and our heritage. We are thrilled to play an important role in keeping these lands in productive agriculture, forever.

Trampe’s ranch currently brings in a staggering 20 percent of Gunnison County’s agricultural revenue, so preserving this operation is essential to keeping our local economy booming.  In many places across the west, working family ranches like Trampe’s are a relic of the past, but we think these ranches are what set the Gunnison Valley apart.

“The Land Trust is delighted to support the Trust for Public Land on such a nationally significant project,” said executive director Noel Durant. “The Trampe Ranch preserves so many values of the locals; from our ranching heritage to our clean mountain water and incredible views, we are thrilled to serve as a funding partner based in this beautiful valley.”