Environment: Saving the Slopes

Like California in the past, Colorado is being promoted as the new haven for Americans who, weary of the dreary densities of urban life, are eager for skiing, hiking and clean air. "Own a piece of Colorado!" cry the real estate men. The spiel works. Throughout the state, reports the Rocky Mountain Center on Environment, bulldozers are preparing at least 1,000,000 acres for subdivisions.

The result is the fast trading easy money of a land boom. Ranchers near Denver or Boulder can sell their holdings of sage and scrub for as much as $3,000 an acre. Colorado is now one of the...

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