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Over 17,000 Acres Conserved for People and Wildlife in Colorado’s San Luis Valley
Thanks to collaborative conservation efforts in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, over 17,000 acres of public lands are now protected and open to visitors through a new state wildlife area. This effort was made possible through partnerships between the Western Rivers Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Costilla County, Great Outdoors Colorado, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the LOR Foundation, and Colorado Open Lands. These lands provide habitat for native birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, and other wildlife, while providing river access to Colorado residents, nearby communities, and out-of-state visitors. This conservation success story - in cooperation and coordination with local, state, nonprofit, and private partners - was made possible in part through a $1.02 million conservation easement acquisition by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service using Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars. The acquisition supports wildlife habitat in and around the Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area in Colorado and New Mexico.