By Dalton Carver
All 2,448 acres of privately-owned Sawtooth Mountain Ranch is now fully protected from any future development, thanks to a $3.65 million conservation easement.
The easement, held by the Colorado State Forest Service was secured with support from the federal Forest Legacy Program and Great Outdoors Colorado.
The Owl Creek Pass ranch is primarily operated as a hunting property and allows grazing of deer based on the season, said Justin Spring, Colorado Director of Land Protection.
Local wildlife will be protected by the easement, as well as 11 miles of tributaries to the Uncompahgre River that provide water to more than 76,000 people.
The protection plan began...
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