Donation part of agreement with state to offset oil and gas impacts
BP American Production Company has donated nearly 200 acres near Bayfield to be preserved as open space, said Amy Schwarzbach, executive director of La Plata Open Space Conservancy.
The land, now placed in a conservation easement, encompasses about 187 acres off County Road 523 near the HD Mountains. Schwarzbach said the property is important winter habitat for wildlife, especially for elk and mule deer.
BP has contributed nearly 450 acres to conservation efforts, Clanton said, including 250 private acres BP assisted with in 2011. The land recently donated as a conservation easement is owned by BP.
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