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Multi-agency conservation effort brings stretch of Yampa River south of Steamboat into public domain

Steamboat Today, December 18, 2014

By: Tom Ross

Public access to one of the most productive trout fishing stretches along the Yampa River south of Steamboat Springs was enhanced this week with the acquisition by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service of 45 acres of private property in upper Pleasant Valley known as the Hubbard Summer Place.

The $1.25 million purchase helped to realize an 18-year-old goal of the local Yampa River System Legacy Project Partnership. The conservation organization Western Rivers Conservancy, based in Portland, Oregon, facilitated the acquisition by making an intermediate purchase of the private land in order to secure it until the federal agencies could go through their own approval process.

The BLM contributed $1 million to this week’s transaction, and the USFS contributed $250,000.

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