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Mine-Scarred Lands Initiative Tool Kit: Animas River Corridor
San Juan County, Colorado

The Animas River Corridor project focuses on two mixed public and private ownership sites: a two-mile section of the Animas River through the Town of Silverton and the Eureka Townsite, an abandoned mining town eight miles upriver from Silverton. The community is interested in revitalizing the corridor for recreational reuse that incorporates art, historic preservation and ecological restoration. The key challenge for this project is to negotiate mixed use land ownership issues and develop reuse goals that are supported by the entire community. The community is working closely with the Bureau of Land Management and Sunnyside Gold to negotiate a three-party land trade at the Eureka Townsite. The project partners used a comprehensive public engagement process to determine reuse goals, and federal and state partners met to begin identifying financial and technical assistance resource opportunities.

Project Contact

Willy Tookey (sanjuancounty@frontier.net)
Administrator, San Juan County
(970) 387-5766

More Information

The six demonstration project challenges and associated activities are described in the Mine Scarred Lands Initiative Report.


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