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December 14, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Mesa Verde Celebrates Growth
(2008-08-15)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: One of the Four Corners premier attractions is celebrating growth this weekend.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: A celebration tomorrow at Mesa Verde will mark the addition of 364 acres to the national park.
The Conservation Fund purchased the land from the Henneman family, which owned the property for more than 30-years.
The property, valued at 1-point-6 million dollars, was then donated to the park.
The Mesa Verde Foundation also donated 38 acres to the park.
Allan Loy is Chief of Planning at Mesa Verde.
He says the parcel of land hosts the state's largest number of globally imperiled Townsend Daisies.
LOY: IT TENDS TO GROW IN A VERY SPECIFIC HABITAT WHICH IS MANCOS SHALE, SO THE SOILS ARE DERIVED FROM MANCOS SHALE. AND IT'S VERY SPECIFIC TO THE SOUTH WEST PORTION OF THE BOUNDARY EXPANSION.
The Mesa Verde Foundation wants to build a new research and visitors center closer to the entrance of the park on part of the land and preserve the rest.
Loy says the visitors center won't threaten the daisies.
LOY: IN RELATION TO THESE FLOWERS, THE RESEARCH AND VISITORS CENTER IS AT THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE BOUNDARY EXPANSION, SO THESE FLOWERS, THERE'S NO DEVELOPMENT THAT'S PLANNED AROUND THESE POPULATIONS OF TOWNSEND DAISY. THE TOWNSEND DAISY WILL BE PROTECTED FROM DEVELOPMENT, THERE WON'T BE ANY TYPE OF ACTIVITY THAT ACTUALLY DISTURBS THAT POPULATION AND THE PARK WILL BE MONITORING THE HEALTH OF THAT POPULATION.
The Research and Visitors Center will cost an estimated 26-million dollars.
Funding for the center is still be assembled.
LOY: WE'RE PLANNING AND HOPING THAT WE'LL START CONSTRUCTION ON THAT IN 2012.
Loy says it's hoped the new center will enhance the visitor experience to Mesa Verde, especially for those unable to make the 40-minute drive deep into the park.
Mesa Verde is the largest tourist attraction in the Four Corners, drawing as many as half a million visitors some year.
The celebration at 9 tomorrow morning will feature U.S. Senator Ken Salazar, Representative John Salazar, a representative of U.S. Senator Wayne Allard and others.
Tours of the property will also be offered.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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