Mon July 27, 2009
Agua Fria Saved from Auction
Flagstaff, AZ – A 200-acre ranch on the Agua Fria National Monument has been saved from going to public auction. Two days before the ranch was to be put on the auction block, the trust for the public land stepped in to complete a deal to save the land from potential development. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is trying to get federal acquisition money through the land and water conservation act in order to buy the ranch. The deal could come through as early as next year. Other groups such as The Arizona Game and Fish Department and The Audubon Society are also interested in helping buy the ranch. The Aqua Fria National Monument and ranch are home to endangered fish and are prime habitat for Pronghorn antelope.