Letter: Crystal Valley trail
This letter is in response to Mark Hiberman’s guest opinion advocating for the proposed Crystal River Trail to follow the old railroad grade, rather than the route next to Highway 133 (April 23).
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife personnel have come out against the use of the old railroad grade and for the route next to Highway 133.
I pose the following question to your readers: Who would know which route would be best for the animals that will be impacted? The scientists at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife department, who have decades of wildlife studies and research to back their recommendation, or a medical doctor?
There was also another article published in the Post Independent the same day stating that “Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say large majorities of Coloradoans surveyed consider wilderness or undeveloped lands to be important.”
The day before these were printed, there were tens of thousands of scientists and science advocates participating in events all over the world in the March for Science. Both The Aspen Times and The Aspen Daily News ran articles about the March for Science, but there was nothing in the Post Independent. Why is that?
We need to listen to the scientists regarding the best route for the proposed Crystal River Trail.