Bookends project almost ready

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The Mesa Land Trust has plans to extend the Lunch Loop and Three Sisters Trail Systems, and announced Thursday they received more than $400,000 to go towards the project.

The Bookends Project, as it will be called, will include two pieces of land totaling 64 acres along Monument Road.

50 acres will be on the west side of the Lunch Loop parking lot and 14 acres on city side of Three Sisters - adding more land for trails.

"COPMOBA, BLM and Mesa Landtrust will work together to build those trails," says project coordinator, Libby Collins. "It will also protect our scenic views along Monument rd, the gateway to the Colorado National Monument."

The money came from several grants, $400,000 from GOCO, $40,000 from the Gates Family Foundation and a pledge by the City of Grand Junction for another $150,000.

The city also agreed to take title of the land once purchased.

Mesa Land Trust officials say they are still in need of about $150,000 more to begin the project.

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