There is growing opposition to a proposed 2-lane road for a new subdivision that environmentalists say will damage important deer and elk habitat.  Developers are asking the US Forest Service to construct a paved, 32-foot-wide road to reach the proposed “Berlaimont Estates” subdivision in the back-country near Edwards.

The sprawling 680-acre site is completely surrounded by Forest Service land. Currently it is accessed by Forest Service roads, but those roads are not sufficient for the number of vehicles expected on daily basis.

Bill Heicher lives in Eagle County. He is retired state wildlife biologist and has serious concerns with the plan. Members of the group Wilderness Workshop, based in Carbondale, flew over the site Thursday to inspect the area. They have a very public campaign gaining support to oppose the road.

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