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Jun 1, 2013 5:00 PM by Tony Spehar

Compromise forged on Breckenridge lynx habitat

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) - Vail Resorts and the environmental group Rocky Mountain Wild have compromised over concerns that an expansion at Breckenridge Ski Resort would damage the local Canada lynx population.

The Denver-based environmental group threatened to sue over the Peak 6 expansion project but decided not to move forward when Vail Resorts agreed to increase its contribution to the National Forest Fund. The Summit Daily reports (http://bit.ly/146PUQl ) the company agreed to pay $425,000 toward lynx conservation in Summit County - $125,000 more than its original pledge.

Tehri Parker, director of Rocky Mountain Wild, says the funding will benefit lynx more than fighting to protect an area already affected by an adjacent ski area and other unrelated development.

Breckenridge Ski Resort, operated by Vail Resorts, plans to open the new terrain next ski season.

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Information from: Summit Daily News, http://www.summitdaily.com/

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