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Saving the ranches

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Fifth-generation Routt County rancher Bobby George is seen on his South Routt County G5 Ranch. George has placed conservation easements on his land to help him acquire land, pay down debts and settle inheritances. Photo by John F. Russell

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Madison George, a 2012 graduate of Soroco High School, looks at a group of cows with their calves born earlier this month on the G5 Ranch. Photo by John F. Russell

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Fifth-generation Routt County rancher Bobby George leans against a fence on his South Routt County G5 Ranch. George has placed two conservation easements on his land that have used funds from Routt County's purchase of development rights program. Photo by John F. Russell

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This map shows conservation easements in Routt County, highlighting those that received funds from the county's purchase of development rights program. The map also shows parcels with fewer than 35 acres and those between 70 and 35 acres. Thirty-five acres is the smallest lot size to avoid subdivision regulations. Routt County

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The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted in March 2013 to approve the plans of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, the Fetcher family and the purchase of development rights advisory board to conserve a 120-acre meadow on the Fetchers’ Hahn’s Peak Ranch in the shadow of Sand Mountain. File photo

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The Routt County Board of Commissioners in October approved $330,000 for a 237-acre conservation easement on Flying Diamond Ranch through the purchase of development rights program. Of the ranch’s 3,095 acres, 1,928 now are protected permanently. File photo

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The A.W. Salisbury Ranch in North Routt County was homesteaded in 1881 and straddles the Little Snake River. File photo

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