Brothels Make Great Conservation Easements

December 15, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

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At the footstep of the country’s oldest brothel, habitat planners are hoping to restore eight miles of Nevada’s Truckee river to some of its former glory. Some of this improvement is possible, ironically, because the land around the famed Mustang Ranch was never favored by developers. “Susan Austin, who runs the ranch nowadays at the new site, was a ‘working girl’ back then and recalls that women would sometimes have to be rescued in the buckets of front-loader trucks when the river rose suddenly.” Leslie Kaufman writes about it in The New York Times.

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