In 2016, two former mining claims, the Grandview and Spotted Tail lodes, which sit within the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, were listed for sale. They carried with them the right to build a small home AND access the properties via automobile along the popular Green Mountain trail, a former wagon road that was determined to provide legal access to the properties. Needless to say, the idea of development and cars in in this wild landscape was hugely concerning to IPF.
In a perfect example of non-profit collaboration at its best, the Wilderness Land Trust negotiated a deal with the seller and IPF helped secure funding for the purchase. The next step, now in process, is for the Wilderness Land Trust to transfer the properties to the U.S. Forest Service for inclusion in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, thus protecting them from development and road use for all time.