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Paths to Mesa Verde Project Moves Toward Land Negotiations

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Prospects for the Paths to Mesa Verde trail from Cortez to Mancos appear good, but some obstacles remain.

County public lands coordinator James Dietrich told the Montezuma County commissioners Monday that he is meeting with private landowners along the proposed 18-mile route. Dietrich said keypad polling at a public meeting February 1st showed strong support for the project, but there are some landowners who don’t want it crossing their property, citing concerns such as litter, graffiti, and dogs. Dietrich said in such cases, an alternate route will be sought. Chairman Larry Don Suckla said it’s possible the nonprofit Onward! A Legacy Foundation could become an umbrella organization for area trails, helping to provide funds for ongoing maintenance.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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