Travel plan reignites controversy over canal trails as recreation

Travel plan reignites controversy over canal trails as recreation

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Thank you for the link to the plan.

I’m one of those who moved to this community from another community where trails were along irrigation canals. The difference between Denver and Grand Junction is that Denver doesn’t have the level of agriculture that we have, and the needs of local farmers must be considered. Those who worry about hikers and bikers on trails impacting property rights, should do a little research. In Denver, the homes that are next to hiking/biking trails see the property values go up, not down.

This should not be a controversy. It will be very rare when a walker or biker happens to be right where a farm truck is at the same time. Just put up a sign asking users to yield to farm equipment. This kind of recreation is the future of Mesa County’s economy. Agriculture and recreation should be the foundations of our economy. Trails and homes and businesses coexist all over the place. I live right on a trail and it doesn’t have any negative impact on me at all. We can easily have both and maintain a strong county economy.

So maybe we could just tear down all the fences in town and have one big back yard that everybody can use!
What do people not understand about PRIVATE PROPERTY! The irrigation companies have an easement through PRIVATE PROPERTY. That easement is not for everybody to use—only those specifically granted permission in the easement.

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