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    Nature Conservancy Land Grab in Larimer County

    Interesting read.

    Ron Arnold: Nature Conservancy embroiled in another land grab scandal | WashingtonExaminer.com

    "This time it's the 16,500-acre Roberts Ranch in Larimer County, Colo., owned by a 92-year-old woman. TNC allegedly influenced her to donate the land and cattle operation to the county, where it would be run as open space at taxpayer expense -- or, if the county declines the donation, the ranch would go to "a conservation group," according to county officials."

    "The real kicker is TNC's questionable part in cutting off inheritance rights of three living descendants of 1874 homesteader Robert O. Roberts, Derek Roberts and his two sons, Burke and Benjamin."

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    Hmmmm

    This sounds beyond suspect.
    If the county passes, what would the "conservation group" do with this working ranch?
    raise cattle for profit? turn it into a conservation themed housing development?
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    Quote Originally Posted by btadlock View Post
    This sounds beyond suspect.
    If the county passes, what would the "conservation group" do with this working ranch?
    raise cattle for profit? turn it into a conservation themed housing development?
    No idea. The forged signatures is what caught my eye.

    It sounds like what they are trying to do is give it to the County before or
    after placing a conservation easement on it. Taxpayers would be
    responsible for it's upkeep but receive no real value, financially speaking, for
    the CE since they are a public agency and pay no taxes.

    Down here we have the Bohart ranch which is a 41,000 acre Nature
    Conservancy lease on State School Board Land that is in the States
    Conservation Land Trust program. It still operates as a working ranch with
    very limited public access for things like bird watching. Maybe they would
    give it to the state to place in the Land Trust? or

    The other option would be for TNC to remain as owners and then place a
    conservation easement on it, which would give TNC lots of tax credits to
    sell off for a nice profit and eliminate any potential oil/gas exploration,
    windmills, solar power or mining. A CE would also allow TNC to carve out
    some trophy home lots/estates to sell to big donors (which is what got
    them in trouble in the past). I kind of doubt they would do this because as
    the landowner they would still be responsible for the cost of maintaining the
    property at the standards set by the CE, they want taxpayers to do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by btadlock View Post
    conservation themed housing development?
    What a classic oxymoron!

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