Letter: An endorsement for Pitkin County Open Space & Trails
The Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers Board of Directors supports the reauthorization of the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails program. This program began in 1990, and voting “yes” on Referendum 1A will extend its funding until 2040.
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers’ mission is to “promote stewardship of public lands by engaging the community in volunteer trail and restoration projects.” Since our founding in 1995, we have enjoyed a successful partnership with the open space program as it appreciates the work of volunteers and share in our mission of connecting people with their public lands. Our collaborations include work on county land on Sky Mountain Park, Smuggler Mountain, the Hunter Creek Valley, North Star Nature Preserve and Jaffe Park. These and many other Open Space and Trails properties are loved by hikers, cyclists, equestrians, nordic skiers and everyone who values our natural landscape. These lands provide key public access to adjacent U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands to residents and visitors alike while protecting critical wildlife habitat.
Continued funding will maintain existing properties and trails. It also will provide the opportunity for future open space purchases and for completing projects such as the Crystal Valley Trail. Please join Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers in supporting the beloved Open Space and Trails program.
Amy Capron Barrow, Helen Carlsen, Susan Cross, Eryn Dohery, Randy Gold, Regan Haan, Jamin Heady-Smith, Carlyle Stem and Ryan Vugteveen
Board of Directors, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers
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