Letter: Protect our treasured lands
With the threat of population growth and associated water needs along the Front Range and the indication that we on the Western Slope should expect significant land, water and construction impacts, I believe it is crucial that we, as residents and custodians of our special lands, give serious consideration and support to the Pitkin County Open Space Ballot Issue.
For almost 26 years, the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board has protected approximately 20,000 acres of special places for wildlife, wildlife habitat, sustainable agricultural, structured and open recreational uses, protection of special sites and accommodation of our unique community needs.
It is time to extend the OSTB ordinance to allow for planning and to address the changes needed in order to meet the challenges of maintenance of OSTB properties and to identify the special characteristics of the lands to be protected.
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