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Old 06-27-2007, 04:18 AM
 
Location: Duluth, MN
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I've heard that Colorado is the state that everyone in the country is moving to. But, the whole reason everyone's moving there is to see the forests and the mountains. But, if there's more people moving there, they're going to need more houses which means they're going to cut down the forests. Has anyone over there started to see this anywhere?
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Old 06-27-2007, 09:42 AM
 
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Yes, development and growth is a HUGE issue, and development pressures have and will affect the health and quality of our forests and other natural issues. Water is in extremely short supply in Colorado, always has, and always will be, and appropriation of water to affect development has affected the natural surroundings in the mountains to a great degree.

However, it's not likely that all the forests will be cut down considering that much of the forested mountain land is publicly owned or otherwiser protected. Although sadly public ownership is not a guarantee that the land is forever safe from the bulldozer, it does mean that it is largely protected from development. Thankfully, much of Colorado's mountains are protected by either being owned by governmental entities, conservation groups, or have conservation easements protecting private land from development.
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Old 06-27-2007, 09:45 AM
 
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Sprawl and "stupid" growth is a problem all over Colorado. The urban/suburban areas have a voracious appetite for water, and ag land and wetlands have been dried up in places all over the state to supply it.

The latest rage is to build a trophy house in the mountains--almost always with no regard for what it does to viewsheds, wildlife migration patterns, etc., etc. The real estate and development interests pretty much own the legislative and planning processes, so they almost always get what they want, regardless of the long-term consequences.

The only thing that has saved a lot of state from total ravage has been the amount of public lands in the state. Unfortunately, most of the most sensitive valley areas in the mountains have always been private--they were the areas suited for ranching. So, the ranching industry for years was the "protector" of those open spaces. Well, ranching has never been the most profitable business in the world, and--now--those private ranches are worth a fortune for development. Not surprisingly, more and more of them are being sold for that purpose. I can't blame the ranchers--for most of them, that is their only hope of having a retirement.

Of course, all of that private development is having a negative impact on the adjacent public lands. Plus, drought and insect infestations are capitalizing on a century of fire suppression in the forests. Many Colorado forests are becoming a tinder box of dead and dying trees. And, yes, there are people who still stupidly build homes there. One might as well build a home and surround it with leaking 5 gallon gasoline cans.

To top it all off, most of the newcomers to the state (along with a fair number of long-time residents) don't have a single clue about the negative impact what they do might have on the ecology, environment, or long-term sustainability of the state. They just want their pretty little piece of it and to hell with the consequences.

A negative response? Yes--and I will hear the flames for it. But, I just get plain sick of people living in denial about all of it. They just don't want to admit that they might be part of a problem. Everybody is so busy looking out for themselves and indulging in their own pleasures that no one is looking out for the health of the PLACE. The usually leads to an ultimately catastrophic result.
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Old 06-28-2007, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Broomfield
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Amen. I think new construction (like Dakota Ridge in Boulder and The Broadlands in Broomfield) is a blight. Our state is in a perpetual drought and each year we get less and less snow, yet developers continue to devour our open space - and precious water - like a virus.
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