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Gunnison County’s opinion

Dear Editor:

A recent article printed in the Post Independent has unfortunately caused some confusion as to the stance taken by the Gunnison County Board of County Commissioners regarding Congressman John Salazar’s proposed legislation concerning the Bear Ranch land exchange. To clarify this matter, Gunnison County strongly supports the proposed legislation, as well as the Crested Butte-to-Carbondale Trail, and is thankful to Congressman Salazar for introducing the legislation.

Gunnison County is working with the proponents of the land exchange to ensure that there is understanding between all involved parties. Most of Gunnison County’s requests were incorporated into the proposed legislation, including a provision for the creation of a travel management plan for the area to ensure public access. Gunnison County is working with Bear Ranch to complete an agreement for the easement along Kebler Pass Road (County Road 12) to facilitate the Crested Butte-to-Carbondale Trail.

Gunnison County believes that the enactment of Congressman Salazar’s proposed legislation would be highly beneficial to the citizens of Gunnison County and will facilitate, rather than thwart, the Crested Butte-to-Carbondale Trail.

Matthew Birnie

Gunnison County manager

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