Vail Daily letter: Great open space work |

Vail Daily letter: Great open space work

Paul Killino
Vail, CO, Colorado

As an Eagle County resident, a local business owner, a fly-fishing guide and longtime river user, I am truly grateful for the efforts, diligence and accomplishments of the Eagle County open space efforts. I have supported public access along the Colorado River for many years. I was inspired by the level of dedication and support within the Eagle County staff and community to make the river accessible. It was simply long overdue.

The Upper Colorado River is truly one of the most pristine sections of the river throughout the river’s existence. There are a few public boat ramps along the Upper Colorado River corridor that have existed for decades, but the distances between some of these boat ramps were not very convenient for the day-trip river user. Having more public access along the river corridor allows more recreational opportunity for Eagle County residents, Coloradans, and the visitors who support our local economy.

To ensure the long-term health of Colorado’s pristine environment, we are fortunate that Eagle County has conservation-minded advocates and partners who protect our rivers, wildlife and open space (with conservation easements).

The Colorado experience has inspired us personally. We are thrilled as guides and business owners to share this experience with other anglers and river enthusiasts. Our effort in helping Eagle County, the federal Bureau of Land Management, state Division of Wildlife and Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation meet their recreational management objectives starts with educating our staff, friends and guests to the responsibilities that come with stewardship. Our diligence will allow those who follow an opportunity to enjoy the same great experience. We are truly blessed to live, work and play in such a beautiful part of the world. Thank you, Eagle County!

Paul Killino

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