Size: 53 acres
Location: Rio Arriba County
Eco-Region: Southern Rocky Mountains
Conservation Values: Agriculture, Scenic Open Space, Wildlife Habitat
Type of Project: Donated Conservation Easement
Date Completed: October, 2009
The Rutheron Land & Cattle property, near Heron Lake State Park, is one of the finest examples of what happens when landowners invest sweat equity into their land. In 1992, when Bill Horn and his wife Dianne purchased the property, it was over-grazed, run down, and an eyesore to the locals. Within a few years Mr. and Mrs. Horn transformed the property into a productive, well-maintained farming operation.
The property is part of a picturesque agricultural corridor along Hwy 95 and affords magnificent views of the San Juan Mountains and Brazos Box. It is located in an area that is frequented by elk, white-tailed deer, mountain lion, black bear, fox, bobcat, coyote, badger and several species of raptors and waterfowl. It contains multiple ponds used by local and migrating bird populations.
Land always responds to good stewardship, and the Horns have worked hard to take care of their property. NMLC is very gratified to have been able to help the Horns protect what they have worked so hard to create.