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A vote for trails

Dear Editor:

On behalf of local mountain bikers and trail users, Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA) would like to thank town of Snowmass Village voters for passing Referendum 2E in support of the purchase of 742 acres from the Droste family. Most importantly, we recognize that Snowmass residents have voted in favor of trails and recognize the potential economic and recreation value of land protection that specifically includes creation and management of multiuse trails.

In addition to other projects and advocacy on behalf of the local mountain bike community, RFMBA is in the final stages of the first draft of the first Mountain Bike Master Plan for the Roaring Fork Valley. The plan, partially funded by a grant from the Environment Foundation, funded by the employees of the Aspen Skiing Co., will incorporate the mapping and identification of current and future mountain bike trails and areas. We are excited to be able to add the Droste parcel as an area of potential trails.

Special thanks to the Droste family, Dale Will and Gary Tennenbaum of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, the Pitkin Board of County Commissioners, Snowmass Village Town Council, the city of Aspen and private donors for their vision and action regarding this project. We look forward to working with each of these entities to help create an optimal trail network. For more information about RFMBA visit http://www.rfmba.org.

RFMBA board of directors

Al Beyer, Charlie Eckart, Mike Pritchard, Kirk Hindenberger and Len Zanni