Coldwater Farm Conservation Easement

 

Nestled in the heart of Humboldt, the lushness of the Coldwater Farm allows you to feel as if you have entered the Secret Garden. Owners Garry and Denise Rogers chose to call their home Coldwater Farm inspired by the flowing waters of the Agua Fria River that runs through their property. Noticing an abundance of bird species, Garry began keeping a bird list that is now up to 127 species. For instance, the southwestern willow flycatcher and the yellow-billed cuckoo are using the Coldwater Farm for breeding, according to surveys by the Audubon Society, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These two species are considered Neotropical migrants and are listed as threatened and endangered, respectively.

 

Following the exciting results that the property was supporting two rare species, the Rogers Family contacted Central Arizona Land Trust (CALT) to begin considering a conservation easement for Coldwater Farm. Conservation easements are agreements between a willing property-owner and a land trust that protect the property from future subdivision and development in order to conserve areas that have important natural, ecological, scenic, and agricultural values. Coldwater Farm has high potential for habitat improvement, thereby increasing plant and animal diversity and abundance across the property. Additionally, the water resources attached to the land will be protected by the easement, thus further supporting the conservation values.

 

Additionally, local chapters of several conservation groups have stepped up early to promote Coldwater’s protection and offered their support, including the Highlands Center for Natural History, the Prescott and Maricopa chapters of the Audubon Society, the Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG), the Sierra Club-Yavapai Group, the Arizona Native Plant Society-Prescott Chapter, the Arizona Riparian Council, Friends of the Agua Fria National Monument, and the Upper Agua Fria Watershed Group.

 

The conservation of Coldwater Farm could not happen without the vision and desire of the Garry and Denise Rogers to protect forever the rich abundance found on their land in Dewey-Humboldt. Their action demonstrates how conservation easements can be used by others along the Agua Fria River to create a ‘green ribbon’ of vibrant habitat for all to enjoy.

 

CALT background: CALT is dedicated to its mission, “to preserve and protect open space, wildlife habitat, working agricultural lands, and the scenic and cultural values of central and northern Arizona for future generations” since 1989. Contact us at calt@centralazlandtrust.org or call us at (928) 445-7790.