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LPOSC celebrates 25 years

Durango Herald – January 28, 2017 La Plata Open Space celebrates 25 years of land conservancy, 30,000 preserved acres in seven counties La Plata Open Space Conservancy turns 25 in March. Because of it, more than 30,000 acres of land in seven counties are to remain untouched by development. The land trust manages about 20,100 acres

Historic Hesperus Ranch

Durango Herald, Janurary 19, 2017 Hesperus ranch placed on historic register Helen Ruth Aspaas lives in a white house a mile south of the Old Fort campus in Hesperus. The old coal-burning stoves are gone, and additions have been built, but the structure’s original design and layout – military officers’ quarters in the 1800s –

Year-end land protection

Durango Herald, December 27, 2016 Year-end brings gift of land protection, agriculture, wildlife, recreational values Reading a bit like a birth announcement, La Plata County Open Space Conservancy’s website boasts, “Newly Saved Land!” As it should. The 472 acres of land, which will be protected with conservation easements as announced last week, is part of the

Two La Plata County Properties under Conservation Easement

Durango Herald, 12/22/2016  View to Turtle Lake and Animas Mountain from the new Sauer Conservation Easement.Properties in Turtle Lake and on Dryside to remain pastoral. Two properties totaling nearly 475 acres have been placed under conservancy easements, ensuring limited development in areas around Turtle Lake and the La Plata River. According to La Plata Open