GOCO, feds and state pitch in on major conservation deal
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A new conservation easement on the 15,000-acre Tuttle Ranch in Moffat County will help protect important wildlife habitat and winter range while allowing ranching operations to continue.
The ranch encompasses sagebrush steppe, foothills grassland and pinyon-juniper woodlands, with habitat for greater sage-grouse and critical winter range for elk, mule deer and pronghorn.
Effort focusing on voluntary conservation easements and collaboration
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking some first steps toward a large-scale preservation effort in Colorado’s San Luis Valley that could ultimately protect up to 530,000 acres of wetlands, riparian corridors, and important upland habitats through voluntary conservation easements.
The agency recently held public meetings to get input from landowners and other stakeholders in the region, helping to formulate the framework for a locally-led, voluntary, cooperative partnership that will also help preserve traditional land uses.
Preservation deal eliminates development potential, ensures continued operations at popular retreat center in Grand County
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — At a time when youth camps around the country are closing or being sold and nonprofits are facing a challenging fund raising climate, state, federal and local officials came up with a creative solution to ensuring continued operations of the YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch in Grand County.