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    Lafarge North America Joins Jefferson and Boulder Counties and the City of Boulder On Section 16 Collaboration

    In the last two weeks, Jefferson County has been joined by the City of Boulder and Boulder County in an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to purchase the 640-acre Section 16 in northwest Jefferson County. The agreement will result in the expansion of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, preservation of regional open space, transportation enhancements and new economic development opportunities in northern Jefferson County.

    Another important player in this area along State Highway 93 is Lafarge North America. This company has made significant investment in leases to extract sand and gravel on three properties totaling approximately 1,300 acres within and adjacent to the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.

    Lafarge has been working in cooperation with Jefferson County, Boulder County and the City of Boulder as they developed the intergovernmental agreement, which could include their purchase of Lafarge’s leased mining interests in the area and ultimately expand the wildlife refuge.

    “Lafarge North America sees this as a unique opportunity to work with regional partners to achieve both local environmental and global sustainability objectives, while maintaining a solid business position in the northwest Denver metropolitan area,” said Steve Brown, Lafarge West U.S.’s Director of Land Management.

    “This agreement supports Lafarge’s overall sustainability ambitions and reinforces the company’s environmental commitment it makes to the communities in which it operates,” Brown added. “Lafarge is willing to sell its interests in these mineral leases for greatly discounted values to help preserve and protect natural resources within and adjacent to the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.”

    Brown said the proposal represents a unique opportunity to protect natural habitat through a public / private partnership, ensuring that the vision for a complete Wildlife Refuge will be a substantial step closer to realization.

    Once purchased, the three governments – Jefferson and Boulder Counties and the city of Boulder – will deed Section 16 to the US Fish and Wildlife Service to expand the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.

    May 12, 2011

    Last Updated: 5-31-2013