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Vail Daily letter: Prefer ranches over open space

Barbara Allen
Vail, CO, Colorado

I understand that 70 percent of Eagle County taxes are paid by second-home owners. If this is the case, shouldn’t more land be available for second homes?

The potential purchase of 740 acres of the Scudder-Webster ranch by Eagle Valley Land Trust could instead be a purchase by one to three ranch buyers. Ranches approximately 200 acres in size would bring in tax dollars and not greatly disturb the 1,200 deer and elk. There is a market for such ranches.

At the first consideration of the Scudder-Webster ranch purchase, one mile of forest access was possible. That possibility no longer exists. When you hear of a Lake Creek purchase, you immediately think of a lovely creek. The portion of the ranch for consideration has no creek. The terrain is rolling sage hills. The creek is on the other side of Lake Creek Road.

Consider the following:

1. Toby Sprunk put an article in the Vail Daily Sept. 9, 2012 entitled “Open space helps our economy, too.”

2. View the State of the County meeting and you will hear “year-round recreation” proposed.

3. Buy a DVD of the February Eagle County Open Space Advisory Committee meeting. You will hear how many visitors the Eagle Valley Land Trust wishes to bring in. How about tens of thousands? This may be acceptable in some areas, but definitely not in the Homestead and Lake Creek neighborhoods.

Barbara Allen

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