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Dear Editor:

As a board member of the Snowmass-Capitol Creek Caucus, I am gratified that Pitkin County has land use advisory panels, and usually listens to them. I hope they will do that with the recent advice given them by the Crystal River Caucus on a 36-6 vote favoring the Wexner-Sutey land exchange. I have been following the land exchange in the newspapers since I wrote a letter in support of it to our commissioners last spring, and cannot possibly imagine why it has taken them more than a year to approve it. It’s ridiculous!

Although I live in Old Snowmass, I am a former outfitter who has spent countless hours in the backcountry, including the trails on and around Mt. Sopris. I share the opinions expressed by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, town of Carbondale and Crystal River Caucus that the land exchange is an excellent plan for the future of the Mt. Sopris lands … and for the preservation of the Sutey Ranch.

Mt. Sopris is a gem of a mountain that deserves the very best of protection, and the Wexner plan provides it. Not only will all the exchange properties be protected with a conservation easement, as Connie Harvey explained in a wonderful newspaper column last week, but additional conservation easements on Wexner’s lands will preserve other critical wildlife habitat. Like so many others in our valley, I always enjoy the beautiful drive up Highway 133 to Redstone and Marble, and especially the sweeping views of Mt. Sopris from the open lands and pastures near Sustainable Settings. The latest Wexner offer to Pitkin County will preserve those views forever by surrendering building sites and an indoor riding arena that Pitkin approved many years ago, before the Wexners owned their ranch. This is a big “win-win” for everyone, and it comes without the United States, state of Colorado or local government having to spend a dime of taxpayer money to secure it. Onwards Pitkin, please!

Holly McLain

Moon Run Ranch


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