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RG initiative update given to MC BOCC

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 11th, 2009

CREEDE— Mineral County’s two newly elected County Commissioners, Jim Adelman and Chuck Fairchild, spent their first official meeting Feb. 2 helping preserve acreage along the Rio Grande.

Also involved in the discussions were Board of County Commissioners Chairman Karl Kolisch and secretary Liz Curry.

Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (RiGHT) Executive Director Nancy Butler spoke and gave an update on the Rio Grande Initiative.

Conservation efforts in Mineral County began in 2003 when Dorothy Steele granted an easement to protect Wright’s Ranch. In 2008, Butler said, the initiative and its partners helped conserve Rio Oxbow Ranch, phase 1. According to Butler, an easement does not ensure public access.

A grant application for a conser-vation easement along the Silver Thread is currently in process, Butler explained. There are different easement programs and she handed out a page to everyone describing the Rio Grande Initiative and the many issues involved.

After consideration, the commis-sioners voted to donate $300 toward this project.

During the morning’s meeting, Road Supervisor Danny Rogers gave an update on the snow removal, roads and plowing roads at the cemetery due to recent funerals. He further explained work being done on county roads.

For the complete article see the 02-11-2009 issue.

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