Areas Not Protected For Wildlife
To The Editor,
The Board of County Commissioners met on Monday, 11/9/09, in the Estes Park Town Hall for the final approval of the new Estes Valley Development Code Section 7.8, Wildlife Habitat Protection. Clearly, the developers won. Not only was the Colorado Division of Wildlife removed from the review process but any habitat protection for elk, deer or raptors was removed as well with the comment that developers felt issues dealing with these were too difficult. The only wildlife habitat left protected was for federally protected species and for big horn sheep birthing areas. Only after protests by several members of the audience was final approval delayed until some limited protection of raptor nesting areas was restored. Wildlife corridors, river and lake access and birthing areas are no longer protected for elk or deer. I don’t think this is what the people of Estes Park want.
Estes Park, CO