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Letter: Let’s not forget Thompson Divide

The effort to protect Thompson Divide has been underway for most of the time we have lived in Garfield County. It’s been a painstakingly slow process that requires diligence and vigilance from all of us.

Fortunately, the news has been good lately for Thompson Divide with the Forest Service’s recent decision to protect large swaths of our public lands from oil and gas leasing. This also has been welcomed news for local residents and businesses that rely on the Thompson Divide area. But the oil and gas industry has challenged that Forest Service decision, and we’re still waiting on the Bureau of Land Management to decide on 25 illegally issued leases in Thompson Divide. Many leases held by SG Interests and Ursa Resources in Thompson Divide have actually expired, but the BLM is considering allowing them to be developed anyway. That is what we are up against.

If we’re going to save Thompson Divide from thousands of heavy trucks, road building, industrial waste ponds and other environmentally unfriendly activities, we must answer every challenge and pursue every avenue.

When we moved to the valley, Nic in 2001 and Darren in 2005, it didn’t take long for either of us to figure out that this place is special and the people here have a strong relationship with the land. Whether we’re mountain bikers, ranchers, hikers or a family driving into the forest and setting up camp, we all seem to have a way to enjoy these public lands.

For those of us living in Carbondale, Redstone, Marble and Glenwood Springs, Thompson Divide gives us a nearby haven of nature. We are so fortunate. Let’s not forget.

Nic Degross and Darren Broome

Owners, Aloha Mountain Cyclery


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