SLA had been operating locally for nearly 40 years, had successfully conserved 44 separate properties on over 26,000 acres with project partners, and held and provided stewardship for 39 easements on 10,175 acres. See more in link!
Wildlife in the Durango area got a break at the end of 2020 when the owners of Florida River Ranch donated a conservation easement, ensuring that important wildlife habitat in the Florida Valley is permanently protected. Elk and mule deer use the lands as corridors for seasonal movements, and many other characteristic species, including wild turkeys, Lewis’ woodpeckers, and tiger salamanders are founds on the property. The easement does not provide public access, but it protects open space and a public viewshed in an areas that has seen rapid development in recent years. COL worked with La Plata Open Space Conservancy in designing a conservation easement that balanced private and public values while ensuring long-term conservation benefits, and the organizations would be happy to discuss similar possibilities with interested landowners in the Florida River Valley and surrounding landscape. Photo by Cristy Curd of La Plata Open Space Conservancy.
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