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Open Lands Advisory Board Meeting - February 23, 2017
Larimer County News Release
LOVELAND, Colo. The next Larimer County Open Lands Advisory Board meeting is Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Loveland Council Chambers, 500 E. 3rd St., Loveland.

At this month's meeting, Larimer County Commissioners will present Small Grants for Community Partnering awards to successful community applicants from across the county.

The Board will take action on a recommendation for a partnership purchase of a conservation easement on an irrigated farm. The property, known as the Stegner Farm, is located near the community of Laporte and is situated north of C.R. 54G and south of the Hwy. 287 bypass as it leaves Fort Collins. This complex partnership includes Colorado Open Lands, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources, Great Outdoors Colorado and Poudre Valley Community Farms and will preserve almost 52 acres of irrigated agricultural land, enabling community supported agriculture, as well as the promotion of local food for the community.

Poudre Valley Community Farms intends to purchase the property from the Stegner Family. Colorado Open Lands will purchase a conservation easement using a $600,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado as part of the purchase. Larimer County is being asked to contribute the other $400,000 of the easement price.

This unique partnership opportunity required extreme cooperation and coordination with the Stegner family, the willing seller and extensive grassroots, community-based fundraising from Poudre Valley Community Farms, as well as expertise from Larimer County and Colorado Open Lands. If successful, this project could serve as a model for future irrigated agricultural conservation and as a solution of passing on the tradition of farming from retiring farmers to new and emerging farmers.

The Open Lands Advisory Board will also take action on a Poudre River Restoration and Resiliency Project proposed at River Bluffs Open Space.