An additional 118 acres of agricultural land in Clifton was added to the Mesa County community land separator program Wednesday, just a year and a half after it was nearly sold for development.
Ron and Kathleen Arnett have lived on the property for 38 years. Over those years they say they have seen the area around 33 Road and D Road explode with development. Working with the Arnetts, the Land Trust was able to purchase a conservation easement on the property below market rate. In turn, the Arnetts agree the property will never be developed.
The easement protects a half mile of the Colorado River's North bank. Funds for the easement agreement came from Great Outdoors Colorado, Mesa County and the cities of Palisade, Grand Junction and Fruita.
The Mesa Land Trust buffer zone project has protected 15 properties totaling 717 acres.
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