COLORADO - SCORR's TENDERFOOT MOUNTAIN TRAIL PROPOSAL NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
Blue Ribbon Coalition has put together a great notice similar to what I have below, with instructions below:
Our partners over at the Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO
) and the Summit County Off-Road Riders (SCORR
) sent us their latest call to action on the proposed Tenderfoot Mountain Motorcycle Trail System.
Contact Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor for the White River National Forest, telling him what you think of this plan. (See comment suggestions below.) BRC put together an EASY 3-Step action steps below.
Comment deadline is December 15th!
PS: Have you been keeping track of COHVCO's efforts lately? COHVCO is the Tip of the Spear in the fight to defend Colorado's OHV trails against the radical green groups. And by radical, we mean none other than the ultra radical Center for Biological Diversity!! Check COHVCO's website
for a critical update on efforts to close "Jacks" along Bear Creek outside Colorado Springs.... and join their action alert list (the link is on top to the left)
COHVCO ACTION ALERT-COMMENTS NEEDED NOW!!
SCORR's TENDERFOOT MOUNTAIN TRAIL PROPOSAL NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
The Summit County Off-Road Riders have created an amazing proposal with the Dillon Ranger District to develop a 21 mile multiple-use single-track trail system on Tenderfoot Mountain outside Dillon with parking. SCORR now needs your support and comments in favor of the Proposal by DECEMBER 15, 2012.
A complete version of the planning documents is available here:
An open house will be held at the Dillon Ranger Station from 2 pm to 6 pm on DECEMBER 5, 2012. District staff will be on hand to answer questions about the proposal. There will be no formal presentation.
To understand the issues of the proposal, click here
to download some bullet points and comment submittal information.
Comments can be mailed to: Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor, c/o Peech Keller, PO Box 620, Silverthorne, CO 80498; or emailed to: email@example.com
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED
The Forest Service is seeking feedback on a proposal to create an approximately 21-mile single-track trail system on National Forest System (NFS) lands in the Tenderfoot/Frey Gulch area, which is managed by the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest (WRNF). The Summit County Off Road Riders (SCORR) have created an amazing proposal with the Dillon Ranger District to develop a 21 mile multiple use single track trail system on Tenderfoot Mountain outside Dillon with parking.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
Please write to Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor for the White River National Forest, telling him what you think of this plan. (See comment suggestions below.)
BRC'S THREE-STEP ACTION ITEM
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO EMAIL YOUR COMMENTS:
NOTE: Please Remember - be polite. Make your comments as personal as you can.
STEP 1: Start a draft email. Address the email to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Put "Tenderfoot Mountain Trail Proposal" in the Subject Line.
STEP 2: Use the comments below as a guideline for comments in your email.
Cut and paste is okay, but try to make your comment letter as personal as possible.
STEP 3: Add a bit about where you live, where you like to ride and how much trail-based recreation means to you. Be certain to include your name and address. A return email address is NOT sufficient
! ("anonymous" emails are often discarded).
EXTRA CREDIT: Add any personal testimony about your experiences enjoying this spectacular area, please take a minute to add that to your email.
Then click "Send" and you're done!
1. The proposal meets a "need." There is a need for these trails due to the recent finalization of the Travel Management Plan, which nearly eliminated all existing single track trails and many ATV and 4x4 routes. There is an indisputable documented need for this proposal. Moreover, the proposal is in an area with a recreational "niche," suitable for the type of trails proposed.
2. This has been a contentious proposal, and much of the opposition stems from a misunderstanding of the planning area and the history of the area. Comments that do not accurately address the proposal area should be disregarded. The Proposal does not reopen the Oro Grande trail for motorized use.
3. User conflicts should not be an issue. With the publication of the MVUM, as well as over 300 miles of non-motorized trails in the area, forest visitors who might experience conflict need only consult the MVUM to find a plethora of recreational opportunity that will meet their expectations.
4. Motorized access to public lands does not decrease adjacent private property values - many users see motorized access as a benefit for property adjacent to national forests.
5. Site specific research found that sound levels from proposal were not audible at ANY local residence. Overwhelming source of noise at the residences was vehicles on I70 and US 6. Any concern regarding OHV noise should be addressed via reinforcement of the State of Colorado OHV sound regulations.
6. Wildlife concerns are mitigated with seasonal closures of trails for 8 months of the year, and avoidance of habitat areas.
7. This proposal actually improves water quality in the area by improving existing trails and decommissioning other routes. EPA research indicates the major concerns in the planning area overwhelmingly revolve around water runoff from I70. EPA identifies adjacent watershed contributions to water quality as small.
8. The Proposal includes extensive ongoing educational programs, enforcement programs and maintenance programs for the trail network, to insure ongoing minimal impacts in the future for the area.