I recently attended a meeting about the future of the Old Fort Lewis College property. This property, consisting of 6,300 acres, has been devoted to education for years. I see no reason to change that now.
Fort Lewis College is just as capable of running it as Colorado State University. By allowing Fort Lewis to take over CSU’s position, it would keep this land more "public."
There are 4-H meetings, jackpots, trainings, numerous research projects by Fort Lewis students and many more things happening there. The State Land Board has moved in and thinks it needs to make hard, fast decisions. I think any decision as important as this should be thoroughly checked out, and public input should be factored in.
The State Land Board already may have made one huge mistake. It allegedly has allowed a lease that was made with CSU and the Elk Research and Recovery Institute, aka Barry Dyar, to be broken many times, yet it won’t let the lease be terminated.
I thought the name of the organization would imply it would do research, but it has been said there has been no research to date. It is just a big private hunting business the state of Colorado is funding. If this 6,300 acres ends up being leased out, you will see what politics really is.
Frances Horvath, Hesperus