The Land Report

Summer 2014

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94 The LandReport | S U M M E R 2 0 1 4 LANDREPORT.COM A wide range of elevations creates diverse wildlife habitat: alpine tundra, sub-alpine forest, cottonwood riparian systems, and native grassland. Elk, bighorn sheep, mule deer, black bear, and wild turkey abound. Mountain lions haunt the rimrock. Bald and golden eagles cruise the ther- mals. Rainbow, brown, and brook trout rise to well-presented flies along 44 miles of Trinchera Creek, Sangre de Cristo Creek, and Ute Creek. Native Rio Grande cutthroats thrive in the cold, fast water at higher elevations. An ambitious program aimed at restoring and enhancing native grasses, revitalizing eroded streams and riparian corridors at lower elevations further enhanced habitat. Forest improvement, especially aspen thinning, increased the food supply for browsing species. Other initiatives reestablished Rio Grande cutthroat trout. Innovative barriers protected fish from the whirling disease out- breaks that periodically infect Southern Colorado streams. The Forbes family recognized the importance of a carefully regulated hunting program as an essential wildlife management tool. Each year, a limited number of hunters pay for the privilege of stalking the ranch's trophy elk, mule deer, and bighorn sheep. In 1986, the Forbeses helped establish Colorado's Ranching for Wildlife program. In 1990, with support from Ranching for Wildlife, the family reestablished Rocky Mountain bighorns in Southern Colorado by importing 36 sheep from Canada. Today, some 200 bighorns thrive on the ranch. Inspired by Trinchera Blanca's success, ranches throughout Colorado have joined the program. Over the years, the family's ties to the ranch grew deeper. Kip does admit that some of the family still prefer the Tetons. "We ended up with divided loyalties," he says. "Finally, I said to my mother, 'Look, Mom, I know these mountains aren't any prettier than the Tetons, but they're our mountains.'" Malcolm Forbes insisted on a lodge "worthy of the ranch." After an old ranchhouse burned to the ground, he commis- sioned a traditional Western lodge to host and entertain friends, family, and clients. Contrarian that he was, he promptly decorated it with a huge collection of builders' models of old sailing ships. Kip calls it "the largest fleet in the Rockies." He adds, "My wife and I have been a little more traditional. We've added game mounts and Western art to the fleet." The lodge has hosted guests from all over the world. "Usually, a new guest's word for 'wow' is the first thing we hear. Visitors Above: The Forbes Family Chapel was the site of the wedding of Charlotte Forbes to Phillippe Escaravage (left). T he Land Report 100 96, 94, 95 [2014.2] LR100_Layout 1 6/2/14 3:13 PM Page 94

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