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					MIDDLE PARK LAND TRUST
NEWS RELEASE
Date: December 26, 2011
Contact: Marie Hedrick, Marketing
Middle Park Land Trust / PO Box 1938 / Granby CO 80446
                                                                                                   KEEP IT GRAND!
marie@middleparklandtrust.org
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


                MPLT Kicks Off Series Called “Get Your Feet Wet In The Fraser”
Granby, CO – The Middle Park Land Trust kicked off the first in a series of events called “Get Your Feet Wet In
The Fraser” on Saturday, Dec. 17 with the Fraser River Nature Walk. This series of events is part of the Fraser
River Initiative Campaign, designed to raise awareness of the endangered Fraser River by hosting a series of local
educational activities about the river including hiking, birding, presentations, fly-fishing, rafting, and more.
         “Although temperatures were only in the single digits, a hardy group showed up for the river walk,” said
MPLT executive director Carse Pustmueller, who led the group from the Rendezvous Picnic park in Fraser along the
river trail to Safeway and back, “It ended up being one of those beautiful, crisp mountain mornings.” The group
learned about the precious riparian habitat and the flora and fauna that depend on it.
         The Land Trust’s goal for The Fraser River Initiative is to preserve as much of the unprotected private
lands along the Fraser River as possible by helping willing landowners protect their land and water through the
donation or sale of some or all of their development rights to the land trust to “hold” in perpetuity with conservation
easements. The Land Trust will work in partnership with landowners, communities and local, state and federal
agencies and conservation organizations to achieve these goals.
         Middle Park Land Trust, a state certified land trust based in Granby, is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit non-
governmental conservation organization servicing Grand County. The land trust’s greatest priority is to work with
willing landowner to help save the landscapes of the mighty Colorado River and of its tributaries – like the Fraser,
the Troublesome and the Muddy – which all begin their journeys in Grand County’s high country.
         There are many benefits to landowners who conserve their private property. The landowner may receive
significant state tax credits, federal tax deductions, reduced inheritance taxes, and perpetual agricultural property tax
status – while the property stays under landowner ownership and control and the landowner can continue
agricultural and other historic land uses. Please contact MPLT’s Executive Director, Carse Pustmueller, at 970-887-
1177 for more information or stop by the office at 52 North First Street in Granby at any time.

				
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