Raven’s Nest Prairie Wildlife Reserve

photo by Michael Menefee

With the goal of finding or creating new sources of capital for wildlife habitat conservation on private lands I designed an LLC structure for a conservation buyers group. My intention was to syndicate conservation buyers together so we could purchase and protect property we would not be able to individually.  I invited friends to participate who I knew were passionate about conservation and invited new conservation buyers we were introduced to by Nicole Rosemarino of Southern Plains Land Trust.   Our conservation buyer group wanted to protect prairie and endangered prairie wildlife. We looked for several years for the right property in eastern Colorado. We eventually found one that met our conservation criteria and our price point and we purchased it.  While resting the property from grazing and looking at our options to recoup some or all of our investment and ensure the property was permanently protected, Southern Plains Land Trust offered to buy the entire property outright. We agreed and our property helped create the 5,000 acre Raven’s Nest prairie wildlife reserve in southeast Colorado.   We achieved our conservation impact we wanted and had about a -10 percent financial return. We are now looking for our next property to protect and looking for additional conservation buyers to join us.  Please contact me for more info.

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photo by Michael Menefee
photo by Michael Menefee