Land Use Conservation


The Smith Fork of The Gunnison River is an unspoiled mesa and valley landscape on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains. In 2000, Bone/Levine Architects helped develop a plan to preserve a piece of the valley and worked to establish the Smith Fork Conservancy. With plans developed by Bone/Levine Architects, the conservancy presented a landmark scheme whereby large tracks of land within the valley would be protected and buildable sites would be limited and positioned so as to not interfere with the overall valley floor and sensitive natural features. The project included wetlands analysis, geologic studies, view corridor analysis, and seasonal sun and shadow studies. Roads, bridges and utility distribution were completed as part of the initial development plan in 2001. Bone/Levine Architects worked to draft rules for a homeowners’ association to insure architectural integrity and B/LA helped to structure and incorporate a local water company to deal with the regulations governing irrigation rights of the land and the conservation of water resources. The project has been revered as a model of progressive land-use, responsively bridging the goals of natural preservation and limited development.