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A plan to dig gravel on 239 acres south of Colorado Springs was rejected April 26 by the Colorado Mined Reclamation Board, The Denver Post reported. Known as the Hitch Rack Ranch, the property is near homes west of Highway 115 and drew vehement protests, including from the powerful El Pomar Foundation and Nature Conservancy, who are teaming to establish a 1,600-acre wildlife preserve near the site.
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The board denied the application, citing concerns over protection of underground water flows that opponents said would be disrupted by mining. The applicant, Transit Mix Concrete Co., said it would consider its options. The company could file a motion for reconsideration with the board, file a new application with adjustments or appeal the decision in District Court, says Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Todd Hartman.