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Look for a wildlife-friendly route

Dear Editor:On Thursday, May 24 [today] Crystal Valley residents have an opportunity to stand up for wildlife and stand up to the heavy hand of Pitkin County government that seems intent on “steamrolling” a paved bike trail through critical wildlife habitat. The opportunity will only come once – if the bike trail is built through these critical areas, much of the wildlife will abandon these areas due to the disturbance that human intrusion brings. The bike trail will degrade habitat values and eliminate the opportunity to conserve high quality critical habitat.Other more wildlife-friendly routes can be used for the bike trail. The question is not whether the bike trail should be built. Rather, when it is built should the trail avoid wildlife-sensitive areas.The Crystal Caucus will meet at the Redstone Church at 6:30 p.m. Thursday – please take this opportunity to be an important voice for conservation.Delia G. MaloneRedstone

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