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Funez: Wonderful place for families

Letter to the editor
Letter to the editor

My family and I have been in the Roaring Fork Valley for almost seven years, and we love it here. What we love the most is the easy access to our public lands.

One great example is Fourmile Park in the Thompson Divide. Just a few minutes from our home, we can park enjoying the cooler weather while camping, mountain biking, and hiking. Our kids always enjoy our colorful hikes in the fall with their friends, and every year, they look forward to walk in such beauty. We also enjoy our times on the river and lakes. It’s so refreshing to jump in the cold water for a little bit. 

Right now, the U.S. Forest Service and BLM (which manage our public lands) are considering whether to protect the Thompson Divide from oil and gas development with an administrative mineral withdrawal. This would prevent any oil and gas companies from leasing and fracking these lands for the next 20 years and ensure the Thompson Divide and places like Fourmile Park stay as they are: beautiful and a wonderful place for families to enjoy nature.

We are so lucky to have these public lands, and I hope that we preserve our public lands’ natural beauty for generations to come. 

Marlon Funez

Glenwood Springs