As a resident of a small mountain community located only an hour and a half from Denver, I wish to state my frustrations and concerns.

East Grand County is on the brink of urbanization and urban sprawl. This sprawl will only be separated by Berthoud Pass. It is a fact that developers here are on the verge of developing in elk, moose, and coyote and countless other unnoticed speciesí habitat.

One developer alone has 900 acres of precious mountain land slated for development. Primarily, this development will be marketed as "get away" mountain homes.

As far as my insight and opinion is concerned, it is wrong that the wildlife that have occupied this valley for hundreds of years will be forced to endure stress resulting from machinery, smog, man, roads and fences already slated for development (and very close to being passed) in an area adjacent to wetlands.

Also, regarding smog in the Fraser Valley, it is extremely susceptible to problems. On certain days, smoke caused by developersí slash fires hangs in the mountain valley in a large cloud.

In the neighboring town, developersí stated "visions" are to double the size of the town. In another predominant wildlife habitat area, plans of building on (or right next to) the Fraser River have already been mentioned. In my view, concrete being poured right next to a mountain river or stream is ridiculous. Wildlife and ecosystems will suffer, all in the name of tourists and second homeowners being able to conveniently view the river. And yes, the town council will approve this sort of development.

Small town government is heavily influenced by revenue and, subsequently, is not too terribly concerned about environmental issues.

Right now is the time to curtail this insane frenzy of development. Urbanization is knocking on the door of the Fraser Valley, and in a big way.

Reg Rhodes

Fraser, Colo.


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