The election on May 4 isn’t about saving Lost Dog Trail, but about the possibility of enhancing it and other trails so that more people can enjoy them. Last week while visiting El Paso, Joni Carswell, Executive Director of Laura Bush’s Texan by Nature, shared with me outstanding projects where mountain bikers enjoy extraordinary wilderness trails, unaware of development and its enjoyable amenities close by. Texas Parks and Wildlife offers expertise to make this “both-and” scenario successful.
Perhaps instead of trying to protect our natural resources from human use (environmentalist approach), we might consider our environment a gift to be used for living and prospering, with a correlating obligation to care for it (conservationist approach). This is possible with balanced and sustainable growth, integrating development and open spaces harmoniously.
Working with those who provide water, electricity, sewage and other services, instead of forcing them to “leap-frog” development resulting in added expense and tax increases, is the visionary thing for El Pasoans to do.
First Lady of El Paso