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GOCO grant funds local open space purchase of Cow Camp

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Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY ” A $709,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado will help fund the open space purchase of the 351-acre Cow Camp extension in the Lower Blue.

Acquisition of the land protects a variety of threatened open space values in the Williams Fork Landscape Conservation Area, including significant ecological habitats, connectivity to adjacent open space and a 13-mile undeveloped buffer.

Located directly across Highway 9 from Heeney, the Cow Camp extension is central to the 4,000-acre Horse Creek Conservation Site, which has a Colorado Natural Heritage Program designation of very high biodiversity significance. The Colorado Division of Wildlife identified Horse Creek as a key habitat for the greater sage grouse, a species of special concern. The area is also a critical winter range for mule deer and elk, and a wildlife movement corridor between the Williams Fork and Gore Ranges.

Great Outdoors Colorado is the result of a citizens’ initiative passed by Colorado voters in 1992. GOCO receives approximately $53 million annually from Lottery proceeds, and directs those funds to projects that protect and enhance Colorado’s parks, wildlife, trails, rivers and open space.

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