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August 2, 2011
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Ranch conservation easement protects 329 acres

Middle Park Land Trust completed a transaction with Michael J. Miniat of MJM Enterprises Inc. recently for a conservation easement.

The agreement will protect the Curtis Ridge Property, a 329 acre tract of land located just east of County Road 34 in the Williams Fork Valley.

Under the deed of conservation easement, MPLT holds development rights to the property in perpetuity.

"The Curtis Ridge Property provides an important natural habitat for wildlife, especially mule deer and elk," explained Carse Pustmueller of MPLT. "This agreement will protect the open space and habitat values of the land."

Landowners receive benefits from the conservation of their private property, including state tax credits, federal tax deductions and reduced inheritance taxes.

Because they retain ownership and control, landowners may continue the historical and agricultural usage of their land.

"We are thrilled with the transaction," said Pustmueller. "Our mission is to work with willing landowners to help save the environments of the Colorado River and its tributaries, and the Curtis Ridge Conservation Easement clearly meets this goal."

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The Sky-Hi News Updated Aug 2, 2011 01:44PM Published Aug 2, 2011 01:27PM Copyright 2011 The Sky-Hi News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.