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Letter to the Editor: Opposing Enlargement of Onerous Rock Paving and Redi-Combine – by Neighborhood Contributor

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Expensive Editor,

After fastidiously reviewing Onerous Rock Paving and Redi-Combine’s proposed enlargement onto 50 further acres of BLM land, I’ve grow to be alarmed and strongly against such an enlargement onto public land in our neighborhood and group.

This proposed space is at present a wonderful panorama of hills, closely forested with pinon and juniper bushes. It’s discomforting, to say the least to think about watching as this forested space is cleared of all vegetation and the ensuing noise, plumes of varied types of airborne particulates, and diesel fumes rising excessive into the air from their newly-developed space.

The Solstice Path, Salida, CO. Picture courtesy of Singletracks.com.

The proposed enlargement can have a adverse impression on wildlife habitat within the space. Species at present inhabiting the proposed enlargement space embrace deer, mountain lion, bobcat, fox, coyote, raccoon, quite a few chook species resembling owl, bluebirds, jays, robins, hummingbirds, together with migrating elk.

I’ve public security considerations as effectively. CR 107/108 is the one entry highway out and in of a number of residential developments on the north facet of Methodist Mountain. Additionally it is the one highway that exists for entry to the realm by emergency providers resembling firefighters and ambulance medical employees.

The proposed enlargement is adjoining and at sure places on either side of CR 108. This highway at present experiences important pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular site visitors, together with use by the Salida Excessive Faculty monitor crew within the Spring and their Cross Nation crew within the Fall. This additionally contains quite a few leisure customers of the mountain bike and mountaineering trails within the Methodist Mountain space. On weekends, there could be a number of hundred folks utilizing the paths, accessing them both by strolling, using, or driving on CR 108. Elevated heavy truck site visitors, together with the commensurate improve in air air pollution alongside this hall, would characterize critical security dangers for these customers. As well as, this highway doesn’t have a shoulder on both facet wherever alongside its size, making leisure transit on it alongside the elevated variety of 50,000-pound plus vehicles even riskier.

Throughout this final week of dwelling, mountaineering, and driving on this space, I’ve seen giant plumes of mud from the quarry rise a whole bunch of toes within the air. I’ve listened to buddies, who accessed Salida Mountain Trails Solstice Path from city, categorical nervousness and discomfort with the frequency of vehicles passing them. Throughout my traditional journeys to city driving amongst 5 or extra giant vehicles coming and going from the quarry, I’ve seen trails of mud, rocks, and grime of their wake. When mountaineering from the west alongside Spartan East Path, the sight of the big footprint of devastation from the present quarry is heartbreaking. Is that this the legacy we wish to go away for our kids and the group?

In my expertise, Onerous Rock has not been a superb neighbor. If you want to guard Methodist Mountain from extra mining, please ship your feedback by Sept. 30 to BLM at www.go.usa.gov/xf5TN.

Linda Erickson

Salida

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