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Open space forever

Dear Editor: For the fourth time in 16 years, Pitkin County voters have given overwhelming approval to the modest tax which funds the Open Space and Trails Program.With over 14,000 acres and 37 miles of trail already protected, a whopping 72 percent of our local electorate voted yes this week, approving reauthorization of the program through 2020. In addition to furnishing significant public resources for new open space and trail acquisitions, this vote will allow Open Space and Trails to ensure stable funding for our world-class Nordic trail system; acquire water rights to insure instream flows; and purchase mineral rights when their exploitation would injure Program assets or goals. In 1990, rancher Bob Child and accountant Reese Henry co-chaired the first Save Open Space citizens committee, which got the program up and running. This year, that same committee was blessed with the enthusiastic leadership of Ben Dodge, executive director of 10th Mountain and president of the nordic council, and the inspired service as treasurer of Howie Mallory, president of Community Banks. Our children’s children will be grateful for their hard work and your trust and confidence in the program, just expressed at the polls. Thank you!Tim McFlynnOld SnowmassOpen space trustee