Dec 31, 2009 8:28 AM by Associated Press

Conservation easement signed on Colorado ranch

A Pagosa Springs group has secured a conservation easement on a ranch where owners once floated plans to build a private club called Piano Creek Ranch, with ski runs and a golf course.

The Southwest Land Alliance signed a conservation easement Dec. 23 with the McCarthy family, which owns the 2,700-acre East Fork Ranch near Wolf Creek Pass. The family will still own the property, but it won't be developed.

The alliance did not disclose terms of the deal. A family spokesman did not return an e-mail from the Durango Herald seeking comment.

Alliance director Michael Whiting says two more easements will follow.


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