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Letter: Thompson Divide a community asset

Dear Editor:

Like many people in the Roaring Fork Valley, I am not only an avid recreationist, but I rely on the outdoor industry for my occupation and livelihood. As such, I feel that it is an important time to weigh in on the matter regarding Thompson Divide.

I am an adamant enthusiast for preserving the environmental integrity of Thompson Divide, but I also feel that a vital component of this issue is our local economy and our dependence upon place. Residents and visitors alike continually come to the Roaring Fork valley for the intrinsic value of our wildlands and the beauty of our immediate environment. Therefore, Thompson Divide greatly benefits our local businesses and continually aids in stimulating our economy.

As both residents and business owners, we have a responsibility to protect the very asset that keeps our livelihoods intact. It not only is important for our present-day operations but also is vital in providing future generations with the same opportunity for success through the incorporation of sustainability and stewardship.

Gifford Pinchot, the first director of the U.S. Forest Service and grandfather of conservation, said, “Unless we practice conservation, those who come after us will have to pay the price of misery, degradation and failure for the progress and prosperity of our day.”

Come to learn more about Thompson Divide by attending a community barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. This event at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs will offer free live music and burgers! Let’s bike, boat, bus, run or walk to show our support for this special community asset!

Randy Wagner

Glenwood Springs

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