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LOVELAND, Colo. – The next Larimer County Open Lands Advisory Board meeting is Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Loveland Council Chambers, 500 E. 3rd St., Loveland.

At this month's meeting, the Board will take action on several items. 

The first is a 198.9-acre fee simple purchase of the Wright property, which is adjacent to the Culver Open Space property at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (HTMOS) and is comprised of three separate parcels: Parcel #1 is 77.17 acres, Parcel #2 is 2.35 acres and Parcel #3 is 119.38 acres. By buying these parcels in fee, they could provide potential relief from visitation at HTMOS by allowing some form(s) of future public access. These parcels consist of rolling foothills, rock outcroppings, ridgeline and forested hillsides. The property also provides a north/south migration corridor for large mammals. The property's wildlife includes bear, mountain lion, elk, deer, turkey and grouse. Currently, the property is used for cattle grazing.

The City of Fort Collins is a financial partner and will hold a conservation easement (CE) on the property. Within the CE, the County will reserve the necessary rights for future public access and other anticipated recreational improvements. This includes a potential, additional HTMOS trailhead and parking area off County Road 25E or County Road 38E. At some point after the acquisition is complete, there will be a full public management planning process to determine future recreational and access needs, including site assessments, to determine the best location for any additional public access improvements being considered.

Second is an 837.31-acre conservation easement acquisition, also adjacent to the Culver Open Space property at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (HTMOS), providing an expansive buffer to these existing open spaces. Views of the property dominate the landscape along County Road 38E from HTMOS down to Masonville. The property is comprised of rolling foothills, rock outcroppings, rimrock ridgelines and forested hillsides. Redstone Creek, which flows north/south for 7,600 feet (nearly 1.5 miles) through the property, contains Preble's meadow jumping mouse habitat and features large cottonwood galleries and riparian woodland vegetation providing high quality wildlife habitat. The property's wildlife includes bear, mountain lion, elk, deer, turkey, raptors and grouse, and the property provides an extensive migration corridor for large mammals. Cattle grazing occurs seasonally on the property.

The City of Fort Collins and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) are financial partners with the County. Larimer County will hold the GOCO conservation easement on the property.

The Board will also take action to approve the Fossil Creek Area Management Plan update and to approve a support letter for Colorado Open Lands Little Thompson River Corridor Initiative. 

All meetings are open to the public. For additional information, contact Kerri Rollins, Open Lands Program Manager, at (970) 619-4577.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 6:00pm
Contact Details:

Kerri Rollins, Open Lands Program Manager, (970) 619-4577

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