Avon, what do you want to preserve? | VailDaily.com

Avon, what do you want to preserve?

Melanie WongVail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado Residents who want to preserve their favorite vista or want to make sure deer and elk have a place to roam can voice their opinions at an open-space meeting on Monday.The Eagle Valley Land Trust, which is organizing community meetings up and down the valley, will talk to residents about how land can be preserved, and ask them what they would like to see remain open space in their communities.The next meeting will be in Avon all Avon and Eagle-Vail residents are invited, and Avon Mayor Ron Wolfe and county commissioners are also expected to attend.

So many times we hear, Well, who is making these (open space) decisions? This is the chance to see what people would like, said New New Wallace, the land trusts director of development and marketing. Weve got to hear from residents. We need some feedback.The first community meeting was held in Eagle and was attended by 50 to 60 people. Residents all got an area map where they could mark places they thought were a top priority to preserve.Some of the top responses were Brush Creek valley in Eagle, the site of Eagle River Station, the B&B land in Edwards, anything along the Eagle River, land between Eagle-Vail and Avon, and the ranches along U.S. Highway 131, Wallace said.Eventually the land trust will compile the residents maps and the towns preferences to see how they match up, she said.Brush Creek resident Rosie Shearwood attended the Eagle meeting to represent a group working to preserve wildlife habitats. She said she wants to see Brush Creek stay undeveloped, especially since development seems to be moving in on Eagle, she said.We seem to be losing so much in the Eagle area. (Brush Creek) is really the last bastion thats why its so important, Shearwood said.Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.

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