The The Valley Floor Preservation Partners and the Town of Telluride, Colorado celebrated its 10 year anniversary this past weekend. Multiple exhibits, tours of the Valley Floor, and formal presentations at Telluride's historic Sheridan Opera House served to remind long-term residents of and introduce the general public to the historic achievement of creating a natural gateway to the town of Telluride. This gateway, nearly 600 acres, was hard won in an epic battle pitting town "instigators" against international corporate interests. The eventual price tag--a shock to all--was $50 million dollars. Through heroic grass-roots fund-raising, the last of the needed money was raised in a flurry of activity in 2008. The Valley is now designated Open Space for recreational activities such as biking, kayaking, hiking, cross-country skiiing. It also is beginning to be understood as an essential foundation for preserving biodiversity, carbon sequestration, and water retention. Read more here: http://www.telluridenews.com/news/article_7eaa46cc-12ff-11e7-99b4-639bc0d6a7a6.html
Telluride Valley Floor. Photo by Drew Ludgwig.
I'm Dan. I head up the Colorado River SCAPE project. As president of the board of the Telluride Institute, I help support all kinds of projects--including environmental education. I'm also a professor at Arizona State University where I teach courses in Intermedia and serve as a sustainability scholar in the Global Institute of Sustainability.