Last appeal for Burnt Mountain decision
Dear Editor:”There is, as yet, no sense of pride in the husbandry of wild plants and animals, no sense of shame in the proprietorship of a sick landscape” – Aldo LeopoldBurnt Mountain seems finished. The USFS has (again) come down on the side of industry. The Aspen Skiing Co.’s timing to apply for a re-evaluation was impeccable – get it done while there is an administration and bureaucracy that favors development. But just how much development, profit, habitat destruction is enough? When will they stop? Perhaps when all of the wildlife is gone?There have been appeals to the Skico’s sense of environmental stewardship, but those didn’t work. There have been appeals on behalf of the elk and deer and pine marten, but those didn’t work. There have also been appeals regarding sustainability and the forest’s role in cleansing air and storing water. Those didn’t work either. As a last-ditch effort I appeal to their sense of shame, if they have one – shame for the hypocrisy of purchasing wind energy and simultaneously proposing to irreversibly destroy Burnt Mountain wildlife habitat; shame for the hypocrisy of calling themselves “green” while planning to cut the trees that sequester greenhouse gases and provide wildlife with the habitat that they profess to care about; and shame for destroying the beauty that is Burnt Mountain.If you haven’t given up on Burnt Mountain, you can still appeal the Forest Service decision by writing to Jim Stark, Aspen Ranger District, 806 W. Hallam, Aspen, 81611. For more information, you can also call Jim at 945-3314.Delia G. MaloneAspen
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It’s that time of year — hikers and mountain bikers must be aware that seasonal closures are taking effect on multiple trails in the area today for the winter for the benefit of wildlife.