December 25, 2015
From the Gunnison Country Times & the Crested Butte News
Protect the fish, protect the land
This past summer, I went out fly-fishing with the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative (GPLI). We caught a few fish on Cement Creek and had the chance to take in the views of Double Top and Granite Basin—two areas that GPLI has proposed for protection.
Gunnison County is home to some of the best fishing in the state of Colorado. The Gunnison River is designated as Gold Medal Waters, a recognition given to only 322 out of more than 9,000 miles of rivers and creeks in Colorado. Many of our alpine streams also contain conservation populations of Colorado cutthroat trout.
Maintaining the incredible fishing in Gunnison County means protecting our public lands as they are—wild and free from unnecessary development. That’s why I support the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative. They are a coalition of groups working to protect public lands in Gun- nison County so that our water stays clean and our plants and animals remain healthy.
Putting protections on public lands safeguards our headwaters from pollution and keeps our mountain streams flowing freely. This keeps the living community of our wetlands vibrant and our fish healthy and abundant.
I hope to enjoy the fishing here for the rest of my life and I hope that future generations of anglers will know Gunnison County as the special place as I do. GPLI is our chance to speak up to protect our public lands for future generations
Chris Taylor, Gunnison