Salazar creates Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he’s creating a conservation area in the San Luis Valley now that billionaire Louis Bacon has agreed to protect more of his vast landholdings in southern Colorado.

Salazar announced the designation of the Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area on Friday, calling it a “glorious day for our nation, for the state of Colorado, for the Sangre de Cristo mountain range.”

Bacon is adding a conservation easement to protect nearly 77,000 acres of his 81,400-acre Trinchera Ranch from development. He announced plans in June to add a perpetual conservation easement on his 90,000-acre Blanca Ranch if the federal government moved ahead with plans to create a new 5 million-acre conservation corridor in Colorado and New Mexico.

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