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Letter: Ginn will preserve wildlife

Jim Gonzales, Minturn

I attended many of the meetings about the Ginn annexation and development through the planning stages and must commend everyone for doing as good a job as they did. Besides all the benefits that the town will get, the Ginn Company will do a good job on mitigating its impacts on wildlife. They will not build homes near the beaver ponds at Tigiwon, which is a critical winter range. They will not build or disturb the area used by nesting peregrine falcons. They will mange the wildlife on Battle Mountain by improving habitat and by managed, limited hunting to keep herds at the right sustainable level to the habitat.

The Ginn Company will also give $3.5 million for wildlife that will be spent mostly in the Minturn area for such things as noxious weed removal, controlled burns and improvements to the winter range. A $3.5-million investment for wildlife is almost unheard of. I don’t know of any other developer who has pledged that much money for wildlife.

After speaking to Mr. Ginn and Mr. Weber, I feel that they will do what they say they will. They are not a developer who builds and runs. They are here for the long haul and will be here to not only develop but to also manage all aspects of the project. I will vote yes 11 times on Tuesday and urge you to do the same.

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