Letter: Independence Pass Foundation endorses Open Space & Trails reauthorization | AspenTimes.com

Letter: Independence Pass Foundation endorses Open Space & Trails reauthorization

The Independence Pass Foundation would like to express its enthusiastic support for the reauthorization of the Pitkin County Open Space & Trails program.

The foundation believes that all of us who are lucky enough to reside in or near Pitkin County and all those who visit have benefited immeasurably from the lands and trails Open Space & Trails has preserved and stewarded. And as a steward of public lands, the foundation knows first-hand what is required to take care of these places, and fully supports the stewardship focus contained in Open Space & Trails reauthorization measure.

The foundation is also enthusiastic about Open Space & Trails’ recently-adopted biodiversity policy, which in light of the increasing pressures from population growth and development placed on our region’s native fauna and flora, will be critical for protecting their habitat and ensuring their survival.

As an organization dedicated to protecting the ecological integrity of an area within Pitkin County —Independence Pass — this policy is critical to the work we do and is in alignment with our mission and values. We would also note that Open Space & Trails has in the past purchased (and thus protected from development) mining claims within the Independence Pass corridor, again supporting the work and goals of the foundation.

Quite simply, Pitkin County would be a different place without the Open Space & Trails program, and we believe a poorer one. We urge Pitkin County citizens to vote “yes” on 1A,

Board of directors, Independence Pass Foundation Karin Teague, executive director, Independence Pass Foundation

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