TELLURIDE VALLEY FLOOR FOREVER WILD
May 2007 – VFPP and the Town of Telluride successfully raise $50M to acquire the Valley Floor
June 2008 – The Colorado Supreme Court rules in favor of the Town’s acquisition of the Valley Floor
August 2009 – The Telluride Town Council unanimously approves a Conservation Easement, perpetually protecting the property as Open Space.
THE VALLEY FLOOR TODAY
The Town of Telluride Open Space Commission in partnership with the San Miguel Conservation Foundation manage the Valley Floor. Management is guided by the conservation values detailed in the Conservation Easement and restoration projects and recreational uses regulated by the Valley Floor Management Plan. While the Conservation Easement is a permanent, unchanging document, the Management Plan is updated every five years. VFPP actively participates in the management discussions and restoration projects.
THE FUTURE OF THE VALLEY FLOOR
Ecological process and human uses are monitored annually as directed by the Telluride Valley Floor Monitoring Plan. Reach One of the San Miguel River Restoration was completed in 2016 and research and planning will begin for downstream reaches and mine tailings remediation in 2017. Local schools and the Watershed Education Project use Valley Floor as a living classroom, creating place-based environmental science opportunities for all ages.