Our Wildlife Needs Our Help
To The Editor:
I believe that I and most of your readers chose to live in this beautiful valley both for the grand vistas as well as the abundant wildlife. But, now, I fear, that the latter has a real danger of disappearing.
On Monday, 11/9/09, without the benefit of pre-announcements or advertising, a meeting was held to give final approval to the new Estes Valley Development Code Section 7.8, Wildlife Habitat Protection. As a consequence, only about 10 residents attended the meeting; and developers received a windfall – virtually no building restrictions to protect wildlife. The Colorado Division of Wildlife was eliminated from the decision process, and all habitat protection for elk, deer, and raptors, including restrictions for corridors, water access, and birthing areas, was removed as well.
Final approval for the Code has been delayed; so there is still time for residents to voice their opinions even though their input was never actively solicited by the Board of County Commissioners or the Town. If you care about our wildlife, please be proactive in expressing your concerns.