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Working to save the Roan

Thank you for your excellent coverage of the Roan Plateau [in The Aspen Times Weekly], an example of a national agenda to maximize energy development threatening to overturn a strong local voice for conservation.

Local governments, Garfield County, 99 percent of comments, and newspapers across the state all support meaningful protections. However, top-down pressures from Washington, D.C., and industry may make public concern irrelevant.

I would like to make one clarification about your most recent piece, from the Aspen Times Weekly of Sept 19. My colleague, Clare Bastable, is the Western Slope Conservation Coordinator with the Colorado Mountain Club and does not work for the Colorado Environmental Coalition (CEC).

The Colorado Wilderness Network is the alliance of organizations, businesses and individuals working to win wilderness protections for deserving lands on the Roan Plateau and throughout the state.

Both CEC and the Colorado Mountain Club are lead organizations in the Wilderness Network and we work together closely on the Roan Plateau campaign and on other issues involving Colorado’s public lands.

Clare Bastable is a tremendous asset to our efforts. The Colorado Wilderness Network is extremely lucky to have her working on its behalf. Thank you again for your interest and coverage of this important issue.

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Pete Kolbenschlag

Western Slope Field Director

Colorado Environmental Coalition