Letter: Thompson Divide kudos
Congratulations to everyone at Thompson Divide Coalition, Save Thompson Divide, the Wilderness Workshop and our entire community who came together to solidly support this entire process to cancel the leases on Thompson Divide. We never gave up. Last week’s BLM ruling is our joyful reward for these efforts.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the tireless efforts, diligence and attention to the details to see this long process through to this successful conclusion. Thank you for your grace under pressure, and your integrity of not pawning off our problem onto the North Fork area, (to not stick them with leases they couldn’t have combated as diligently). Words cannot express how grateful I am to each and every person who participated at all the meetings, projects, events and late-night crisis management. This victory is rewarding for everyone who worked so hard for a greater good.
Thank you, also, to Pitkin County for support and legal expertise through this entire process. Once in awhile I will be talking to someone who will “grumble” about “all the money in Aspen.” I am quick to stand up and tell them about the extraordinary support this entire process has received, and been able to depend on. Their unending backing was a key factor.
Thank you, also, to the BLM for finally doing the right thing and canceling the leases. Thompson Divide will long be a legacy that will show the work that was done here. Thank you, also, to the White River National Forest project (the decree that came out in December 2015) that will protect this amazing resource for generations to come.
I know there are still minor details to be dealt with, but I appreciate each and every person who spent time working toward this goal. I thank each organization and all the citizens and smaller grass-roots groups who never gave up.
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