Vail Daily letter: Think of wildlife
Vail, CO, Colorado
At this past week’s Town Board meeting in Eagle, there was discussion about whether to open an area connected to Eagle Ranch to winter activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
I think it is a very bad idea to eliminate the seasonal-use restriction on any trails in the Brush Creek Valley. I would suggest that it is more about convenience regarding recreational opportunities with no regard for the many animals that need these areas for survival in the wintertime and calving in the spring – the very reason why we chose to protect these areas in the beginning.
There are many trails on the north and east side of Brush Creek Road that are open for winter use and many more within a 10- to 30-minute drive.
There has been a lot of money spent improving this critical habitat for the elk and deer, and I feel this selfish act would have a negative impact on critical winter habitat, movement corridors and calving in the spring.
I am a snowshoer and cross-country skier but feel that as good stewards of the land and for our wild neighbors, we must try and keep our personal interests out of this.
Ask the experts at the Colorado Division of Wildlife. What do Craig Wescoatt, Bill Andre and Bill Heicher say?
Also, have you considered the fact that the development of Haymeadow in the lower Brush Creek Valley is imminent? Would it not be wise to wait until impact studies are conducted regarding wildlife impacts and movement in the Brush Creek Valley?
Let’s face it – these animals depend upon us to make good choices for their well-being. We already made a good choice for them with appropriate winter closures based on input from the experts.
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