Man seeks conservation easement

Move would protect land from future development

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— Hayden resident Chuck Fulton says it is "just something a guy wants to do."

He wants to preserve 1,130 acres about 15 miles north of Hayden from future subdivision development by means of a conservation easement with Yampa Valley Land Trust.

The Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that has preserved 46 sites comprising more than 23,000 acres of natural, scenic and historic land in Northwest Colorado.

Through funding from the Routt County Purchase of Development Rights Citizens' Advisory Board, the Land Trust has planned to purchase the Fulton Ranch, which will go before the Routt County Board of Commissioners today for final approval.

Fulton said he thought it was important to preserve the land from future development. He has requested to reserve the right to build one home on the property.

"This is some fabulous property," said Susan Otis of Yampa Valley Land Trust.

Several species of grouse can be found on the property and Otis said this conservation would be most important to stop the fragmentation of the birds' habitat.

Bull Gulch runs through the property, which also boasts an array of wildlife, including many nesting Sandhill Cranes.

Though Fulton will be paid for the conservation easement, he is donating a large portion of the land.

"We really can't thank him enough," Otis said.

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