Targets: The U.S. Forest Service and Eagle County Commissioners
Ways to take action and get involved today:
• Sign the citizens’ petition opposed to Berlaimont – SIGN THE PETITION HERE
• Contact the Eagle County Commissioners and encourage them to call the Forest Service to share their constituents’ opposition to the Berlaimont project: 970-328-8605 | email@example.com
• Contact the Forest Service and ask them to prioritize wildlife over speculative development: Aaron Mayville, District Ranger | firstname.lastname@example.org | 970-827-5150 CLICK HERE FOR TALKING POINTS
• Contact CO Dept. of Natural Resources and CO Parks and Wildlife and ask them to weigh-in with comments to the Forest Service: Dan Gibbs, DNR, Executive Director | email@example.com | 303-866-2211 | JT Romatsky, Northwest Regional Wildlife Mgr., CPW | firstname.lastname@example.org | (970) 255-6100
• Write a letter to the editor: submit to email@example.com | 500-word limit
• Organize concerned citizens to meet with the Forest Service and local elected officials, solicit letters of opposition from local HOAs, host future public forums, lead educational hikes along Berry Creek, and coordinate or contribute to a Facebook page dedicated to protecting sensitive wildlife habitat and opposing the damaging Berlaimont proposal: if interested, please contact Alicia Zeringue or Peter Hart (970- 963-3977, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com)
• Help educate, inform and organize your friends via Facebook, Twitter and other social media
About the Issue
The Berlaimont Estates project proposes a new paved road, nearly 30 feet in width across 4.2 miles of National Forest in the heart of some of Eagle County’s best remaining wildlife habitat. The road would access a 680-acre, private inholding deep inside the forest, zigzagging through prime deer and elk winter range, in order to create a new luxury subdivision, 2,000 feet above the community of Edwards.
If the paved road is approved, our fragile deer and elk herds will suffer many deaths, habitat will be fragmented and development will threaten rare plant species and adversely impact water resources in the Eagle River Valley. Increased traffic would also harm the popular hiking and biking experience on Berry Creek Road.
The local community has expressed widespread opposition to the project, submitting more than 700 comments to the Forest Service regarding its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in February 2018, with 95% of comments opposed to the project. Local residents also delivered more than 2,700 petition signatures to the Forest Service in December 2018 opposed to Berlaimont, with the help of State Senator Kerry Donovan.
The Forest Service will issue its final decision on the proposed new access road this spring. The law requires that in-holders be given adequate access to their land for reasonable use and enjoyment, if adequate access does not already exist. The Berlaimont parcel has adequate access via an existing dirt road, and the Forest Service has no obligation to provide expanded or paved access. Please help us keep public pressure on the Forest Service to make the right decision. Take action today!