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Credit for a legacy

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Dear Editor:I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the hard work, patience and perseverance by two organizations, without which the preservation of the Bair Ranch very likely would not have taken place – the Conservation Fund and the Eagle Valley Land Trust. Protecting this 4,300-acre ranch with its wildlife and riparian habitat and panoramic views from development has been a goal of conservation groups and public agencies for years. A number of times it looked like the deal was dead. But each time, the Conservation Fund and Eagle Valley Land Trust refused to let it die. These two organizations went above and beyond the call of duty by raising more than $650,000 of private money and lining up another $4.5 million in public funds. They also spent countless hours over two years working with the Bair family to make sure the project met the Bairs’ needs while providing significant benefits to the public. When our grandchildren pull off at the rest stop on Interstate 70 and admire the picture postcard view of the ranchland, when they fish in the river and enjoy hikes through what could have become another housing development, when they watch deer, elk, bighorn sheep and other wild creatures, they will have the Conservation Fund and Eagle Valley Land Trust to thank.Thank you for never giving up and leaving this natural legacy to future generations.Will Shafrothexecutive directorColorado Conservation Trust


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