Oct 8, 2010 8:47 AM by Associated Press
The Colorado Wildlife Commission has approved acquiring conservation easements on more than 10,000 acres of wildlife habitat in eastern and western Colorado.
Easements provide landowners financial incentives for agreeing not to develop the property.
The easements approved by the commission Wednesday are in Kit Carson, Yuma and Routt counties.
Two easements will give hunters access to 5,700 acres of habitat for big game, quail and turkey on the eastern plains and will protect streamside habitat.
A 4,200-acre easement in Routt County will protect sagebrush and shrub habitat important for elk, deer, pronghorn and grouse.
Funding for the easements will come from hunting and fishing license sales and Great Outdoors Colorado, which uses state lottery funds.