Crestone Eagle, June 2004:
‘Wake up call’ to Baca spiritual centers
by Chris Canaly and Marta Shoman
The character of Crestone, how it develops and
grows, is being formed right now. As many of us know, the
change in status of the Sand Dunes National Monument to a
National Park requires public agencies such as the National
Park service, Wildlife Refuge and Forest Service to develop
new policies. These policies will influence hunting and increased
public access on lands adjoining the properties of retreat
lands and spiritual Centers.
Samten-Ling Retreat land, Yeshe Khorlo, Haidakhandi Universal
Ashram, Crestone Mountain Zen Center, Karma Thegsum Tashi
Gomang Stupa, Shumei International Institute, and the western
boundary of the Carmelite property all share boundaries with
land soon to be controlled by these public land agencies.
Chris Canaly of the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council is
urging members of all these communities to attend a meeting
on Saturday June 26 at 7pm to discuss the future of life here
in Crestone. Joe Vieira, a Geographic Information specialist
and Conservation Biologist, along with Ms. Canaly, who is
the Director of the SLVEC, will facilitate the discussion
and explain in some detail what is happening.
Another important issue that will be discussed is the management
of growth within the Crestone area. The SLVEC recently organized
a Crestone/Baca community group that is gathering information
and encouraging dialogue, not only about hunting and public
lands access but about land sales, housing starts and, consequently,
the increased traffic. Such groups as the Spiritual Life Institute,
Pundarika, and Vajra Vidya Retreat, although not bordered
by public lands, will be affected by these developments. Dragon
Mountain Zen Sangha, located in the Ranchettes, and the Baptist
Church will have to reckon with increased traffic, especially
if the North Park entrance is established on T Road.
Ms. Canaly says, “We have now inherited a greater responsibility
to manage these landscapes with integrity, and to base resource
decisions on good science and keep in mind the needs of not
just the present but of future generations.”
There will be a power point presentation followed by animated
dialogue on June 26, 7pm at the Jacobi residence: 885 Pine
Cone Way, Chalet I (top of the hill on the right).
The future is being planned right now. If the spiritual groups
and centers want to have a say in shaping it, now is the time
to wake up and step up. Questions? Call Marta Shoman at 256-4824
or Chris Canaly at 256-4758.
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