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Where the Front Yard Stretches 1,300 Acres

NY TIMES

OF all the attractions at Marabou Ranch, in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Jeff Temple, one of its developers, is most animated about the sharp-tail grouses’mating grounds. “From April to June each year, about 50 birds come back, so we close off our trails and keep the construction away,”he explained. “We set up a viewing area and go out at daybreak to see them.” “Open space is disappearing,”he said, sounding more like a conservationist than a real estate developer. But Mr. Temple, a fourth-generation Steamboat resident whose father founded the Steamboat Ski Resort, sees a larger picture. “Here, we’re creating a legacy for our kids and grandkids.”

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