Time to start saying ‘no’ to the extirpation of our local wildlife (letter)
March 11, 2018
If we really want to put a stop to the slow-motion catastrophe that is the extirpation of our local wildlife, we are going to have to start saying "no."
Case in point is the current incarnation of development on an inholding above Edwards. Over the past 20 years, there have been at least three proposals to destroy this area, which is heavily used by elk, deer and other wildlife.
The current incarnation, Berlaimont Estates, calls for 19 enormous houses and a road with potentially 30- and 40-foot road cuts. The proposal will serve precisely zero purpose to the community. It will, however, effectively end the use of the area by wildlife, further stressing our already severely stressed deer and elk populations.
Berlaimont Estates, like the previous proposals, should be killed in its conception. The inholding, either through acquisition by the Forest Service or Eagle County Open Space, should be permanently protected.
It is only by saying "no" to pointless development, protecting habitat and reconnecting it that we can stem the tide of wildlife extinction.
Recommended Stories For You
Berlaimont Estates is an ideal place to start.
Trending In: Opinion
- Raise the gas tax in Colorado to help fund road construction and maintenance (letter)
- Be patient at the post office this holiday season, as they deal with reduced staffing (letter)
- Our View: The Vail Valley needs workforce housing. Where should it be built? (editorial)
- Carnes: In 20th Thanksgiving column, Vail local still thankful (column)
- Proposed ‘boarding house’ not a good fit for the Eagle-Vail community (letter)
- Biggest piece of Vail Valley real estate business is now a higher price range
- Vail Valley-based Hackernoon using equity crowdfunding to fuel new growth
- Eagle County struggles with record number of suicide deaths in 2018
- Vail’s Lindsey Vonn hurts knee; to miss Lake Louise
- Vail Valley immigration attorneys regularly deal with visa expiration cases