2004 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 20 Aug 2004 23:13:36 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Buffer zones at Ft. Carson, elsewhere
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Appeasement through easement
For Nature Conservancy, Ft. Carson, ranchers, it's "win-win-win" option

By Erin Emery 
Denver Post 
August 20, 2004

Fort Carson - The Nature Conservancy and Fort Carson are working with a
southern Colorado ranching family to forever protect the southern and
southeastern borders of Fort Carson from encroaching development. 

The group wants conservation easements along 17 miles of fence line on
Fort Carson's south and southeast sides. The easements would prevent the
owners - cattle ranchers Gary Walker and his father, Bob Walker - from
subdividing the property.

Both Walkers favor the idea.

"It is a win-win-win situation. Tell me who the losers are," said Gary
Walker, 58, who owns 30,000 acres on the south side of Fort Carson.

His father agrees.

"I'll work something with them because I think they need it," said Bob
Walker, 87, a cattle rancher for 50 years who owns 20,000 acres along
Fort Carson's southeast side.

The conservancy estimates it will cost between $20 million and $30
million to establish easements along the southern end of Fort Carson.

Across the nation, development has crept closer and closer to military
land. The conservancy has already helped solve problems at Fort Bliss,
N.C., and Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

for the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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