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Cows and pastures, not mansions and golf courses

Dear Editor: I’ve been coming to the Roaring Fork Valley to ski for nearly 20 years. And one of the great pleasures of the drive from Glenwood Springs, at least to this Iowa farm boy, is seeing all of the cows and calves, horses and hayfields, split-rail fences and wide-open pastures leading up to the glittering lights of Aspen and Snowmass Village. Each year, it seems, a little piece of this pastoral setting slips away to development.So I was awestruck when I read recently that the Nieslanik family of Carbondale has agreed to put some of their land into a conservation easement, helping to ensure at least some wide-open spaces, and the kind of simple beauty unique to livestock farming, will be around for future generations to enjoy. The last thing the valley needs, in my opinion, is wall-to-wall showcase homes, golf courses and strip malls. Thanks to the Nieslaniks for their foresight. Steve Aldrich St. Louis Park, Minn.


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