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Quicksand for the Dunes?

Brief by Marcia Darnell

Sand Dunes – March 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Gary Boyce, managing partner of Farallon, which owns the Baca Ranch, has filed suit against his partners to stop their sale of the ranch to the Nature Conservancy. Boyce is asking for a temporary injunction to block the sale, which he says is proceeding without his consent.

Farallon, based in San Francisco, says it holds controlling interest in the ranch and can sell with or without Boyce. Boyce counters that he has first right of refusal on the property, long the site of battles over water development.

The Clinton administration had hoped to complete the purchase of the Baca before Inauguration Day, but did not. The acquisition is necessary before the Great Sand Dunes Monument and Preserve can morph into the Great Sand Dunes National Park.