BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT!
COLORADO'S LAST REMAINING HIGH MOUNTAIN TRAILS AT RISK
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED.
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The comment deadline is approaching on a draft Travel Plan for a very
popular OHV area in Colorado. The Taylor Park / Gunnison Basin Travel
Plan is out for public review and comment, and the deadline is next
week, JUNE 3, 2009.
We are sending this Colorado-based action alert to our national alert
list because the area involved, commonly known as Taylor Park, is
popular with BRC members from California to Florida.
This is some of Colorado's last remaining high-mountain OHV trail
opportunity left. The area contains miles of some of the best
world-class single-track motorcycle, ATV and 4x4 trails in the nation.
Each mile is precious and several popular trails are proposed for
closure. Will you help keep the trails open by sending a
quick comment letter via email?
In order to save you time away from work and family, we've included
one of BRC's
easy 3-Step Action Items to help you send your email.
Remember, the deadline is next week (June 3), so please do it
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please
Thanks in advance for your support,
Brian Hawthorne Ric Foster
Public Lands Policy Director Public Lands Department
208-237-1008 ext 102 208-237-1008 ext 107
PS: State, local and national OHV and mountain bike
groups are really working hard to keep these world-class trails open.
But resources are always meager in comparison to the Wilderness lobby,
and unlike what you are about to read in the Denver Post, we are not
funded by the OHV manufacturers. Groups like BRC and COHVCO depend on
memberships and donations from individual OHV enthusiasts to fund the
work we do. To us, membership is our lifeblood. THANK YOU FOR
BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT!
LAST CHANCE FOR COMMENTS ON THE TAYLOR PARK / GUNNISON BASIN TRAVEL PLAN
For over 30 years now, Taylor Park, and trails across
Colorado's upper Gunnison Basin and North Fork Valley region, has been a
world-class recreation destination for OHV users. In relatively recent
years, ever since the modern mountain bike was developed, the area has
been a treasured destination by mountain bike enthusiasts.
This plan will decide which roads and trails will be open for use by
motorized vehicles and mountain bikes, which uses will be allowed on
each route and whether there are any restrictions on the seasons of use
for each route.
To the Forest Service's credit, the draft travel plan proposes
leaving many of the epic mountain bike and motorized trails open.
However, they are missing a few of the more special routes.
Several OHV groups in Colorado have dug into the details in this
plan, and we are all working hard to defend our trails. Among the groups
BRC is working with are the Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition
www.cohvco.org, Trails Preservation Alliance (TPA)
www.coloradotpa.org, Thunder Mountain Wheelers
www.tmwatv.org and Western Slope 4-Wheelers
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
We are asking our members to send an emails to the Forest Service.
Simple instructions are below. We've tried to make it as easy as
IMPORTANT: If you have had the pleasure to visit this spectacular
area, and have the time to write a bit about how valuable these trails
are, please do so!
Comments must be in writing (paper or electronic) and must be
received by June 3, 2009. Mail written comments to: Gunnison Basin
Travel Management DEIS, 2250 Hwy 50, Delta, Co 81416. E-mail Comments
MORE INFO ON THE WEB:
BRC encourages OHV and mountain bike enthusiasts to carefully
view the maps on the web and check to see if the trails you use and
enjoy are on any of the Alternatives.
The Forest Service (FS) has formulated a "Proposed Action"
Alternative (Alternative 2). Simply stated, this Alternative is what the
agency wants to do. If your favorite roads and trails are not on this
map, then it is extremely important that they hear from you!!
Contact and other info, including copies of the DEIS and associated
maps, are posted on the web at
www.fs.fed.us/r2/gmug/policy/travel_mgmt. They has also posted a
helpful "how to comment" link on their website at
For more information, please contact: Anne Janik at (970) 874-6637 or
firstname.lastname@example.org or Gary Shellhorn at (970) 874-6666 or email to
THREE-STEP ACTION ITEM
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO EMAIL YOUR COMMENTS:
NOTE: Please be polite and, if possible, make your
comment letter as personal as you can.
STEP 1: Open your email program and start a draft
email. Address the email to
email@example.com. Put "Comments on Gunnison
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: Take just a minute to 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: If you can add any trail-specific
information or personal testimony about your experiences enjoying this
spectacular area, please take a minute to add that to your email (see
links above for maps and other info).
Then click "send" and you're done!
Sample comment letter:
Gunnison Basin Travel Management DEIS
2250 Hwy 50
Delta, Co 81416
The Gunnison Basin has had a motorized and mountain bike recreational
niche for many decades. Because of the growth in popularity of OHV and
mountain bike use, and because of closures in other areas of Colorado,
there is a need to enhance motorized and mountain bike trail based
recreation on the Gunnison NF. Therefore, it incumbent on the decision
maker to choose a travel plan that enhances the motorized and mountain
bike trail experience.
I would like emphasize this comment with a rhetorical question. Given
the fact that other national forests in Colorado have designated vast
areas for the exclusive use of non-motorized recreation, and
subsequently closed many thousands of miles of motorized routes, does
the Gunnison NF have a motorized niche because of the opportunities
existing on the forest, or has the U.S. Forest Service created the
motorized niche because the agency has displaced so much OHV use from
The answer is obvious: Both. The Gunnison has a motorized niche both
because of the decades of use, but also because closures in other areas
of Colorado are displacing more OHV people. Therefore, your preferred
alternative, "Alternative 2 - The Proposed Action", which proposes yet
more closures, is simply not logical. It also runs the risk of creating
an unmanageable situation on the ground.
It is essential that all efforts to "mitigate first - close last" be
made in formulating your Final Plan. I strongly support the specific
trail recommendations made by the Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition
(COHVCO), the Trails Preservation Alliance (TPA), the Thunder Mountain
Wheelers and the Western Slope 4-Wheelers.
The Thunder Mountain Wheelers make some excellent recommendations,
especially regarding FS Road # 701 (Stevens Gulch) and FS Road # 265
(Buzzard Divide Road) on the Paonia Ranger District.
I support the Thunder Mountain Wheeler's suggestions on the Oil Well
Mt. Trail, Buck Mesa / Thousand Acre Flats Trail, FS Road # 783 (Coal
Gulch), trail # 804 (Buck Mesa), FS Road # 704.4D (Spring House Park)
FS Road # 704.4D1 (Spring House Park) and trail # 806 (Thousand Acre
Flats). I also support their recommendations regarding the Overland Park
Loop, Raggeds Trail, Minnesota Creek, Deer Creek and the proposed Sheep
Mountain and Dyer Creek loops.
I strongly support the Trail Preservation Alliance's recommendations
regarding the Crest Trail, Agate Creek, North Bank (lower Dr Park area),
Roaring Judy, and Eyre Basin. Also, please adopt their recommendations
for the Teocalli Ridge, Ferris Creek and Double Top Trail Systems.