Conservation easement purchased near Cannon Air Force Base

New Mexico
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Cannon Air Force Base is taking steps to protect the endangered lesser-prairie chicken.

A partnership between the Conservation Fund, the Department of Defense and the state of New Mexico has allowed the base to purchase $30,000 acres of a privately owned ranch near Melrose Range.

The purchase restricts development and changes to the land that could negatively affect special operations and training practices. It also allows for habitat restoration and protection for the lesser-prairie chicken.

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