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Stop corporations from destroying the beauty

Being an avid runner and cross country skier, I use our backcountry trails on a regular basis. But I stay off the trails in the spring to conserve them while they dry out. One of my favorite trails in the county is the Keystone Gulch Aqueduct Trail. Ironically, when I went to check it out this Tuesday, I noticed large machinery had preceded me. Then I saw the pipes and realized all the willows and aspen had been cut down. By the time I had reached the workmen, I was sobbing. Not another beautiful and special place we are losing to the corporate giant. Anyone using this fabulous trail knows, the views are outstanding, the aspen and willows gracefully bend over the trail and create a tunnel replete with a babbling watercourse and a smooth even trail. Now I know that water conservation is an issue. And I have remained silent while they have buried much of the aqueduct in the past few years. But I have been assured that they would leave parts of it open to preserve the unique quality of the area. Now, I am informed, they will be burying the entire aqueduct in order to conserve water.I find it amazing that Keystone finds it necessary to bury this entire watercourse, yet has no problem having not one, but two 18 hole golf courses that get watered on a regular basis. And the need for these, not one, but two golf courses is more to sell the multimillion dollar homes that surround them rather than to service the demand for golf in the community. Who can afford even their discounted greens fees? Not even to mention the effect the chemical fertilizers may be having on our water supply and what it will do to Dillon Reservoir.I am so tired of having our every breath regulated by the needs of Intrawest and Vail. It is not the needs of the community that dictate what happens in our county but the needs of the corporations. It is time to stop these giants and let our voice be heard.

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