DENVER (AP) — The San Luis Valley is seeing another milestone in preservation efforts championed by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who grew up in the area.
Salazar planned to announce a development in conservation efforts today in a Denver while he was in the area for a campaign event in Golden by President Barack Obama.
Landowner Louis Bacon was expected to join the secretary for the announcement. The billionaire owns thousands of acres in southern Colorado, some of which is protected by a conservation easement. He said in June that he would protect the rest too if the federal government moves ahead with plans to create a new 5 million-acre conservation corridor in Colorado and New Mexico.
Bacon has fought efforts by energy companies to put transmission lines across his land.