Dove Creek property preserved for wildlife

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Dove Creek property preserved for wildlife

Easement to protect owls, sage-grouse
Conservation money available

The Natural Resources Conservation Service announced Monday that $12 million will be available in 2013 to Colorado landowners wanting to preserve their properties' open, wild character. Funding is appropriated via the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program.

As with the Fernandez property, the primary goal is sheltering the vulnerable sage-grouse.

'NCRS will be targeting $10 million of the $12 million received toward easement properties that will protect safe-grouse habitat in Colorado,' said state conservationist Phyllis Ann Phillips. 'This provides a unique opportunity to help private landowners proactively, and voluntarily, work to prevent sage-grouse from being listed under the Endangered Species Act.'

Applications are due April 1. Completed packets should be emailed to David Colburn at david.colburn@co.usda.gov or sent by mail to: David Colburn, Easements Coordinator, USDA-NRCS, Denver Federal Center, Building 56, Room 2604, Denver, CO 80225. For more information, contact Colburn at 720-544-2820.

Dove Creek property preserved for wildlife

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