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City of Fort Collins Celebrates Land Conservation Week by Announcing Newly Conserved Lands

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Mark Sears, Natural Areas Manager, , 970-416-2096
The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department and other land conservation agencies across the state are celebrating “Land Conservation Week,” June 3-9. As part of the Land Conservation Week celebration, Natural Areas is excited to announce the conservation of three small but very important parcels of land along the Cache la Poudre River. The three parcels add 27 acres of river corridor to the 1,400 acres of land already conserved along the Poudre. Specifically, seventeen acres on the north side of the Poudre River were added to Kingfisher Point Natural area that will provide a future Poudre River Trail connection to Mulberry Street between Lemay Avenue and Timberline Road and ten acres were added to Magpie Meander Natural Area, which is on the north side of the river at the west end of Hickory Street.

Voters have directed Natural Areas to conserve land on their behalf for 20 years. To date Natural Areas has conserved over 41,000 acres of land: 30,600 acres of regional land; 11,000 acres of urban lands. Natural Areas manages 39 natural areas and over 105 miles of trails; that provide many recreational and education opportunities for Fort Collins and Larimer County residents to enjoy.
Natural Areas doesn’t work alone, it partners with Larimer County, City of Loveland, The Nature Conservancy, Great Outdoors Colorado, and other agencies as well with other City departments such as Utilities and Parks.

Special activities in celebration of Land Conservation Week are also offered including:
Nature at Noon: Bears on the Move
Wednesday, June 5, Noon-1:00 p.m.
Community Room, 215 N. Mason St.; enter through the north entrance.
Joe Halseth, wildlife biology technician with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, will share information about current Front Range black bear research and management. Bring a sack lunch. No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Nature Nuggets—Prairie Dogs: It Takes a Village
Thursday, June 6, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Pineridge Natural Area
Meet at Dixon Reservoir parking lot off CR 42C.
Children ages 3-7 and parents/guardians will enjoy discovering fun facts about wildlife, with hands-on activities. Parents must attend with children. Day care and other groups should schedule a separate time. No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Plant Walk
Saturday, June 8, 8:30-10:00 a.m., Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area
Meet at the Shields St. parking lot.
Take a leisurely stroll and explore interesting plants and flowers of the prairie. ½ mile, easy. No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Bobcat Ridge Basics
Saturday, June 8, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Meet in the parking lot.
Bring your family to see how the natural world collides with history. Visit homestead buildings, learn about pioneer history, and the amazing diversity of wildlife, captured in photos by motion-triggered cameras. Bring water to drink, lunch, and sunscreen. 3-4 miles, easy to moderate. No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Geology: Walking the Gangplank
Sunday, June 9, 8:00 a.m.-noon, Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Meet at north parking lot.
Hike to the landform known as the gangplank and discover geological secrets of this beautiful landscape. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and a jacket. 5-6 miles, moderate. No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

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