by Bergen Tjossem
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Dubbed Spud Cellar in recognition of the structure that once neighbored this site (center, left of photo), this 35-acre parcel was once part of the expanse of working ranches that stretched south through the Brush Creek Valley in Eagle. Today, the site is part of the Town of Eagle’s open space, serving to protect this small but ecologically-sensitive area between the Eagle Recreation Center and the Kaibab residential area.
Purchased by the Town in 2006, this property is one of two parcels that comprised the Trust’s first easement, granted by Elinor Allen in 1987. The other 27-acre parcel (Johnson Easement) remains in private ownership and provides a pristine buffer of pastureland between Brush Creek Road and Eagle Ranch.