Ryan Brown statement on behalf of family regarding completed Reddert – Menefee ranch easements with MLC:
The family has been attached to this land in a way that’s hard to describe, but which I’m sure a lot of people will understand. As kids my brothers and I rode it regularly with our grandfather Fred Reddert, known to many as ‘Doc’, and even once with our grandmother Lottie, who still rode sidesaddle. My mother Norma Brown rode it many years before with George Menefee, who was Fred’s step-father, and she still walks it regularly with her thistle cutters. Generations of local ranchers and others have helped work the ranch, including members of the Lewis, Halls, Ignacio, Ismay, Semadini, Robbins, and Cox families. Together with my aunt Naomi Reddert, my mother and father and brothers and I are happy to be able to help preserve this bit of Mancos Valley heritage, and we are thankful to MLC for helping us make it possible. We hope the place will give our own kids some of the perspective it’s given us, and that future generations will continue to enjoy the views up Echo Basin Road.