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Colorado State Parks board OKs Christo project

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area in Colorado A plan by the artist Christo to drape panels over the Arkansas River in August 2014 received approval Friday from the Colorado State Parks Board at a meeting in Eagle.

The project, which still is under environmental review by the Bureau of Land Management, was turned down by the Colorado Wildlife Commission in May.

Christo and the late Jeanne-Claude, along with the Over The River Corp., made the application to install, display and remove fabric panels in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, which includes the entire 42 miles of project area. The panels would cover nearly six miles of river in the area.

“In any project of this magnitude there will be benefits as well as potential adverse impacts,” said Gary Butterworth, the Colorado State Parks board chairman, in a press release. “The board believes that the benefits of the Over the River project, not only to the State Parks system but to all of Colorado, will enhance our ability to serve the needs of all residents and encourage outdoor recreation.”

The vote was unanimous.

“This board takes its responsibilities seriously and isdeliberative in its decision-making process,” Butterworth said. “Each member, in his or her own way, invests a great deal of time considering the views of the public, the staff, anglers, river outfitters and other key stakeholders who could be impacted by this project.”

Colorado State Parks manages AHRA with the BLM under a jointagreement.

The Parks and Wildlife divisions will merge on July 1, under the leadership of former Puebloan Rick Cables. The future direction of the two commissions, which are at odds on the Christo issue, has not been determined, although they will meet jointly as a 14-member board until future action is taken.

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