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The Routt County Board of Commissioners this week approved the use of Purchase of Development Rights funds to help place a conservation easement on a portion of the Camilletti and Sons ranch where it borders the Yampa River west of Steamboat Springs. The Nature Conservancy, which will hold the easement, confirmed there is an existing oil and gas lease on a portion of the easement which overlooks the river from a hillside about a half-mile away.

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PDR group looks at balancing conservation easements, oil and gas exploration

Leaders of Routt County’s Purchase of Development Rights program plan to ask county residents how they feel about pursuing conservation easements on properties that have the potential to become the site of new oil and gas wells.

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