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Letter: Public lands are critical

Michael Gorman

Having been born and raised the Roaring Fork Valley, I have seen many things change over the years, but one thing has remained the same: our community’s tie to the public lands that surround us. We rely on our public lands for water, recreation, food and solitude. These lands are an indisputable part of our heritage and an important economic driver for our communities.

In recent years, I have seen this connection demonstrated in the community-based effort to conserve and protect the Thompson Divide. From ranchers who rely on summer grazing allotments, to conservationists, small business owners and local elected officials – folks from all walks of life are standing up to protect our public lands in the Thompson Divide area. This is one of the many reasons I am proud to call the Roaring Fork Valley my home. And it’s something we should all be thankful for.

Unfortunately, if we lose the Thompson Divide area to development, we also risk losing our livelihoods, our heritage and our ability to sustain ourselves. With this in mind, I want to thank all of the individuals and groups who continue in the effort to protect the Thompson Divide from oil and gas development. You are protecting a part of each of us.

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