Vail Daily letter: Don’t like more open space in Edwards
May 23, 2012
How do you get a financially stressed county to pay for improving a road that should be paid for by the developer?
In Lake Creek Valley, a developer has been dealing with a shrewd member of the Scudder family and a member of Eagle Valley Land Trust for over two years. The southern and most beautiful part of the Scudder-Webster ranch may be sold as 15 35-acre parcels (90 cars.) Would you get the county to pay for the road if you sold the home of 600 elk and 600 deer to the Eagle Valley Land Trust for a motorized public conservation easement (600 to 900 acres)?
An inane argument is being put forth by Eagle Valley Land Trust. Quote: “Did you realize that the Lake Creek Valley is the only remaining creek valley along I-70 in Eagle County extending from the southern mountains into the Eagle River that does not have a golf course development?”
Golf course builders are not stupid! Six-hundred elk have regularly invaded and damaged the Arrowhead Golf Course. Ask the U.S. Forest Service how much they have paid for damages since the Arrowhead Golf Course was built. Approximately 600 elk and 600 deer call the Lake Creek Valley their home. Is the Eagle Valley Land Trust planning to put a motorized conservation easement in their home?
To the credit of Tom Edwards, he recently voiced at an Open Space Advisory Committee that open space money spent upvalley might not be wise (too expensive).