- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

CREEDE, Colo. (AP) - An easement is adding 1,080 acres and five miles of Goose Creek to the thousands of acres of land near the Rio Grande already protected by a land trust.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports (https://bit.ly/1dzIkqj) Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust reached an agreement earlier this month with the Leavell and Brown families, owners of 4UR Ranch who donated a large part of the easement’s total value.

Land trust executive director Nancy Butler says lynx, elk, moose and all other wildlife that rely on Goose Creek can continue to thrive there without the threat of development.

Great Outdoors Colorado, the Gates Family Foundation and Colorado Parks and Wildlife helped fund the agreement.

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Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, https://www.chieftain.com

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