San Juan Skyway land and water projects

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From The Durango Herald (Dale Rodebaugh):

The 16 projects started in 2005 with a $5.7 million challenge grant from Great Outdoors Colorado. More than 30 partners, including cities, counties, private foundations, individuals and landowners who contributed part of the value of their conservation easements found $11.8 million to supplement the GOCO grant. “We’re very pleased we exceeded our own expectations,” said Ken Francis of the Fort Lewis College Office of Community Services, who coordinated efforts. “We raised more money, got more work done and preserved more land than anticipated.”[…]

Nina Williams, executive director of the Montezuma Land Conservancy, which acquired conservation easements on 3,100 acres of 10 working ranches along the Mancos and Dolores rivers, spoke of the relationship between people and the landscape in Southwest Colorado. “The San Juan Skyway and Southwest Colorado is defined by the relationship that people – ranchers, farmers, sightseers and hunters and fishermen – have with the land,” Williams said. “The vision of the Skyway coalition has been to preserve the intrinsic quality of the region so people can continue to maintain that relationship and their way of life.” The San Juan Skyway is a 236-mile highway loop that takes the traveler from Durango and back via Silverton, Ouray, Ridgway, Telluride, Rico, Dolores, Cortez and Mancos.

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