Riverview Orchard is one of four family farms that recently entered into conservation easements with the Mesa Land Trust.
Credit Mesa Land Trust
The declining number of orchards and vineyards in Colorado is calling one Grand Junction group to action. The Mesa Land Trust has put 115 new acres of farmland around the Western Slope town of Palisade under conservation easements.
The agreement with landowners puts limits on how the land can be used, effectively restricting the land from future development. That’s important near Palisade, says Mesa Land Trust Executive Director Rob Bleiberg, because about 90 percent of Colorado’s peaches come from the 2,000 acres in the area.