March 4, 2002
My family has co-owned the Cap K Ranch (nine miles east of Basalt) for 47 years. I understand the Boy Scouts are hoping to obtain the Bass Pro property at the Fryingpan Ranch. We wholeheartedly support the Scouts’ plan to establish a camp on this property.
I know that some people in the area had real problems several years ago when Mr. Morris proposed his exclusive resort at the Fryingpan Ranch. Now, these same NIMBYs want to deprive the Boy Scouts of his gift to them.
If the Scouts come, there will undoubtedly be some increase in valley traffic – from time to time. Their opponents would ideally like to refuse passage to all hopeful newcomers; and reserve Fryingpan Road for their exclusive use. The upper Fryingpan Valley should be developed and used for the benefit of all.
I hope the Forest Service will approve the Scouts’ use of this property. We have enjoyed the beautiful Fryingpan Valley for many years. We look forward to sharing this beauty with others. The public lands that surround most of the private property in Colorado are for the use and enjoyment of all, not just the self-serving few.
This discussion is not really about The Boy Scouts or Bass Pro’s use of their own property. It is about those few who would impose their self-serving views on others. It’s time the Forest Service, the county commissioners, et al, stop paying attention to these narrow-minded individuals.
Joseph P. Gregg
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