Letter to the editor: Thanks to Douglas County's open space director

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Cheryl Matthews, Douglas County’s Director of Open Space and Natural Resources since 2001, recently announced her retirement.

Under Cheryl’s leadership the program is noted as one of the most cost effective and well managed open space programs in the country. Since 1994 the county has preserved 63,037 acres of the most beautiful Colorado landscape.

Operating with the lowest open space sales tax within the Front Range counties she managed a department with a staff 10% the size of other counties. For every $1 used for preserving open lands her department has found funding partners to match that $1 to the amount of $2.92 This means funding partners have infused $149 million of matching funds into the county.

Check out these open space properties and trails that you can access in Douglas County: Bayou Gulch, Colorado Front Range Trail, Columbine, Greenland, Iron Horse, Spruce Meadows, Spruce Mountain, Dawson Butte, Glendale, Hidden Mesa, Lincoln Mountain, Sharptail, Ringtail and Swallowtail. This is the open space website: douglas.co.us/government/departments/open-space.

Cheryl has literally helped save our planet. She is also an example of how an inquisitive, open-minded, humble and courteous person can be a great leader.

We need to thank Cheryl for her impact making Douglas County a better place to live.

Jay Sage

Highlands Ranch

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