A conservation easement is a restriction a landowner voluntarily places on her land, which limits development specifically to protect special values the land has in its undeveloped state. The property boasts the oldest intact farmhouse in the Village that was named to the National Register of Historic Places in May, a barn built when Myron K. Blackmer owned the property in the early part of the 20th century, and acres of meadows, trees, wildlife habitat, and scenic vistas.
“The magnitude of this gift and Ms. Anderson’s generosity is overwhelming,” said Cherry Hills Village Mayor, Mike Wozniak. “This property is wonderful. It will undoubtedly become the jewel of our open space system.” Stephanie Bluher, President-elect of the Cherry Hills Land Preserve added, “This is a treasure for all of us who love the open lands which preserve our community’s character and quality of life. Ms. Anderson’s generosity sets a tremendous example for other property owners to follow to ensure the natural features of our village are preserved intact for future generations.”
Several entities worked together to make the easement possible, including the Conservation Fund, the City of Cherry Hills Village, the Cherry Hills Land Preserve, and Colorado Open Lands. Sydney Shafroth Macy, Colorado Director of The Conservation Fund, helped design the easement to fit Ms. Anderson’s vision for her property. The Shafroth family has a long history in Cherry Hills Village, and Macy had this to say: “What an honor it was for me to be able to work with Cat to protect this special property. Having grown up along the Highline Canal and seen so much of it change over the years, it meant a lot to me to help ensure that Cat’s land will remain as it is forever.”