Letter: Mountain Parks Electric should give land to Grand County citizens

“Owned by those we serve” is the self-written tagline on Mountain Parks Electric website. However, if they sell the property they own surrounded by U.S. Forest Service land at the boundary of the town of Winter Park near the end of Vasquez Road, the only ones they will be serving is their own greedy business practices. This property is 2.71 acres composed of very high quality wetlands with fen wetlands with old-growth pine, spruce, fir and aspen trees along with dense wetlands grasses including sedges and Canada reed grass. Saturated soil conditions with late-season fen that are considered Waters of the United States and protected by the Army Corps of Engineers! The property could be donated to Headwaters Trails Alliance & Colorado Headwaters Land Trust so that they could develop a small day site for a couple picnic tables, portapotties and a few parking spaces with a developed walking trail system that waves through the property to show visitors all of the majestic tree overstory, as well as the wetland and supportive plants and vegetation that exist in a property like this. One, which is so very important to the health of our forests areas, including all the animals and birds of all kinds that depend on these areas for their survival. For those who do not know, Mountain Parks Electric is a “not-for-profit electrical co-op” and when their tagline states “owned by those we serve” they mean it literally! We the citizens of Grand County own them! The point here is there are a lot of things Mountain Parks Electric could do with the precious piece of property to serve the community and citizens of this county rather than sell it so it can be destroyed & developed, but will they?

Cliff Anderson
Winter Park

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