Land owners meet in Four Corners to discuss tourism plans

Created: 12/13/2013 5:44 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

There’s a push in the Four Corners to get more tourists to visit area rivers, but first, they need to get some land owners on board with those plans.

That may not be any easy task.

It’s a project that can potentially bring a lot of money and tourists to the four corners.

The Four Corners Paddle Trail Project would improve river recreation on the San Juan and Animas Rivers.

But in order for the project to be successful, landowners along the river have to be willing to cooperate with the project.

Land owners held a meeting to discuss the project's plans.

Many of them had mixed feelings.

"I think it’s a good idea," said Joanne Montgomery.

"I don't support it at all," said M.P. Schildmeyer

Several of them are concerned about trespassers, people breaking the law on their land.

Some say they've already had issues with people along their property and worry it could get worse if more people come to the area.

“Safety is one issue I’ve had to help a few drunks in the river," said Robert Davidson

 Another issue raised in the meeting is what could happen to the environment.

"This is a desert this is our water we don't have much of why would you want to bring more people on it contaminate it."

Even with all those concern, the Four Corners Paddle Trail Group is hopeful they'll be able to work with landowners.

"I think there’s room for compromise," said Troy Summers.

The Four Corners Paddle Trail Project will host more meetings in the upcoming months.

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