Letter: Consider protecting East Vail bighorn sheep habitat in tribute to Vail pioneers
As you know, the town of Vail and Vail Resorts are in discussions to develop a portion of the bighorn sheep habitat in East Vail. There is every reason to believe that this incursion will have severe negative consequences for our iconic small band of sheep that now only numbers about 40 individuals.
We believe that in light of both parties’ professed concern for the environment, sustainability and wildlife that a way can be found to preserve and protect this land for the sheep. They have nowhere else to go.
Recently, we have lost two amazing Vail pioneers who worked tirelessly to protect our environment against development. We would respectfully like to suggest that in honor of their contributions that this land be set aside in tribute to Bob Parker and Dr. Tom Steinberg, so that residents and guests can continue to enjoy the bighorn sheep in our community.
Charlie and Patti Langmaid