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Protecting the Thompson Divide

Dear Editor:

Last week Congressman John Salazar met with members of the Thompson Divide Coalition to receive an update on activities of the coalition and to accept a proposal for the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act of 2010.

Rep. John Salazar and his staff have worked closely with the directors of the coalition for the past two years, and the congressman’s commitment to public service led him to respond positively to the request of the TDC board of directors, those who have signed the petitions, and the organizations and the jurisdictions that have supported the proposal.

Salazar has set a plan in motion to address the important next steps in the process of obtaining this important legislation. The goal is to retire oil and gas leases for exploration and development on federal lands in the Thompson Divide area in a fair manner while protecting the existing uses, including agricultural leases, identified recreational uses, natural values, water and air quality, wildlife habitat and needs, scenic beauty and solitude.

The work of the coalition is, in many ways, just beginning. Much work lies ahead. Your continued interest, commitment and support are needed. We must remain unified for Thompson Divide. My heartfelt thanks to all who helped to make this happen!

Dorothea Farris

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