Saved from subdivision
A letter-writing campaign to members of Congress last year helped protect 18,000 acres of privately owned land within central Colorado's Roosevelt National Forest. The area, known as Cherokee Park, was owned by Union Pacific Railroad and targeted for sale to developers for recreational homes. Once alerted, the Trust For Public Land, a San Francisco-based organization, and the Poudre River Trust in Fort Collins, Colo., organized more than 35 environmental organizations to write letters urging Congress to tap the Land and Water Conservation Fund for $2.7 million to buy the inholding. The Forest Service now manages the land, which is home to a unique range of plants and ecological areas, including over 24 miles of riparian habitat on tributaries of the Cache La Poudre River. According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the area provides increasingly scarce winter habitat for elk, mule deer and mountain lions. For more information, contact the Red Feather Ranger District at 303/498-2770.