Letter to the Editor: Education overcomes fears

Posted 6/27/18

Your Rocky Flats article noting the difference between the 5,000 acre buffer zone (now mostly the US Fish and Wildlife Refuge) surrounding the 1,300 acre former core production area is indeed …

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Letter to the Editor: Education overcomes fears

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Your Rocky Flats article noting the difference between the 5,000 acre buffer zone (now mostly the US Fish and Wildlife Refuge) surrounding the 1,300 acre former core production area is indeed welcome. The buffer zone is completely safe and will make an ideal recreation area for bicyclists, hikers, bird and wildlife watchers, researchers and picnickers.

For the seven school districts to not allow their students to visit the site is to me an educational sin. The flats contains the highest quality undisturbed xeric tallgrass prairie in the state. It contains abundant wildlife, deer, coyotes, elf, eagles and an abundance of grassland birds. To not allow students, the future leaders of America, to experience this piece of a native ecosystem that greeted the early settlers is a crime.

Many experts worked hard to create this refuge, and make it part of the extensive open space stretching from the foothills to the areas east of Indiana — a great open space area on the outskirts of a major city to be enjoyed by its citizens.

Let us hope that the seven school boards you list talk to some real scientists and experts and change their wild, uninformed decision.

Dr. Paul Kilburn,
Arvada

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