Colorado Parks and Wildlife awards $45,000 grant

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife awards the club a $45,000 grant for the purchase of a snowcat for trail grooming.

The club scored the highest out of all the other grant applicants. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Snowmobile Sub-Committe recommended funding in excess of our original grant which will allow us to purchase a higher quality snowmobile trail groomer.

The grant has received final approval for funding and should be funded by early November. The club's grooming committee has been diligently searching for a snowcat and hopes to make it's final selection soon.

Special Use Permit Approved

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Special Use Permit Approved for Grooming at Spring Creek!

The Dillon Ranger district is finalizing the permit process allowing us to begin grooming 15 miles of trail in the Spring Creek Area.

Additional wilderness signs installed at Elliot Ridge!

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We have been notified that the Dillon Ranger District has installed new signs marking the boundary of the Eagles Nest Wilderness area adjacent to Elliot Ridge.

These additional signs were located by GPS and should mark the exact boundary of the wilderness area. Please respect the wilderness boundary and encourage all other snowmobilers to do the same!

Club member update on Travel Management

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Hello Summit County Snowmobilers,

It's been a little over 2 months since my last e-mail. Since then I have been in touch with Ken Waugh and Paul Semmer of the Dillon Ranger District. I really don't think those guys like snowmobilers. They told me in a packed town hall in Blue River: Too bad, we don't have the money or staff to keep snowmobile trails open, so we are closing them all.

White River National Forest- Releases Travel Management Plan

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The Forest Service has just released their final version of the plan. Web version here.

Highlights for snowmobilers? Well if you like driving to Spring Creek or Montezuma to ride powder, you are in luck. If you like riding the trails in the Swan drainage, you are in luck. Everyone else, you're not going to be very happy next winter.

The prefered alternative when we were commenting was Alt G, it closed several smaller open motorized areas but kept open some motorized areas to ride near the towns. Areas like McCoullough Gulch, below Porcupine Gulch on Tenderfoot, Pennsylvania Creek, and the valleys ofthe Swan off Tiger Road all had open motorized areas. Miners Creek was also open among several others. We commented to keep those areas open but they did not listen. The comments from the Town of Breckenridge and other various non motorized users seemed to carry more weight.

Effective in 45 days, the only open motorized areas for snowmobiles (areas where you can ride off a trail) are out of Montezuma, on Green Mountain Res. or up Spring Creek. The kick in the pants of this plan is the change of designation in Alt GM of several areas from open motorized to motorized restricted. The restricted label means you have to stay on designated winter trails. Why is this the best part of the plan? They did not desinate any winter trails!
Check it out on the Alt GM winter map, open motorized is green, restricted is purple, non-motorized is tan. Only the roads in red are the designated winter routes.

This means, Miners Creek is closed. Porcupine Gulch is closed. Pennsylvania Gulch is closed. Not just the Horseshoe Basin at the top, the entire jeep road from Coronet to Indiana Gulch, including all of Boreas Pass is closed. The entire Ten Mile Range is closed, (both sides, McCullough and Mayflower.) Yea, sure, but they can't enforce it you say? If it is not a designated trail, any forest service person or sheriff who catches you coming out of a trail can and will write you a ticket.

PRESS: Congressman Polis Introduces Wilderness Preservation Act

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September 30, 2010
Contact: Lara Cottingham
(202) 503-6067 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WASHINGTON—After an intense public review and consensus building process, late last night Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced H.R. 6280 – The Eagle and Summit County Wilderness Preservation Act – which would designate nearly 166,000 acres of public land in Summit and Eagle Counties within Colorado's second congressional district as wilderness and special protection areas.

"Colorado's wild places are the heart of our state's character and our state's natural beauty is itself a precious resource that we must preserve," said Polis. "These areas are essential to our economy and our environment, and through this legislation we can ensure that our beautiful areas continue to provide habitat for our diverse wildlife, opportunities to enjoy and appreciate the great outdoors, and jobs for local economies. After working extensively with stakeholders and examining the areas in question trail-by-trail, I am proud to introduce this legislation that has gained support and backing from the community."

The legislation incorporates further discussions with area water providers, the Colorado National Guard, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the recreation community and conservationists to ensure that the legislation meets the long-term needs of these stakeholders. The next step in the legislative process is for the bill to be referred to the House Natural Resources Committee for review.

More info @ http://www.polis.house.gov/wilderness/

Congressman, Jared Polis
2nd District, Colorado | 501 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515 | (202) 225-2161

Congressman Polis's Wilderness Proposal AKA- Hidden Gems (170,000 acres)

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The Eagle and Summit County Wilderness Protection Act seeks to add new designated wilderness areas in the White River National Forest within Summit and Eagle Counties to the National Wilderness Preservation System. Designated areas would hold the highest level of land protection, with public access and usage still available, but certain types of development and activities prohibited.

Update from WRFA

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Welcome to White River Forest Alliance Greetings!

WRFA would like to send out a great big THANK YOU to Congressman Jared Polis and all his staff for putting together a true public comment forum, also to the all the panelists that participated and to all of the concerned local citizens that turned out for the meetings last week. The turnout in Boulder and Breckenridge was great and the turnout in Edwards was incredible. I was personally overwhelmed with the response of the WRFA supporters and am sure it left a lasting impression on everyone in attendance. This turned into an amazing display of democracy in action with WRFA's grass roots efforts VS Hidden Gems 'whatever it takes' (money), which makes it feel that much more successful.

Thanks to John Hembel for spearheading the t-shirt effort that created the 'Sea of White' of supporters who decided to wear our t-shirts at all of the meetings.

I wanted to send out a special thanks to Jack Albright, VP of WRFA for personally taking the time to sit on the panel at all three meetings. His commitment to the process and thoughtful comments deserves many thanks!

There is still a lot of work to do regarding this and Congressman Polis and his staff has urged everyone to continue providing comments and opinions on the specific areas that the Hidden Gems proposal impacts. Keep your emails, letters and phone calls flowing to their office. Here is some contact info for them:

Nissa Erickson
District Representative
Congressman Jared Polis
101 W. Main Street, Suite 101D
PO Box 1453
Frisco, CO 80443
Office: 970-668-3240
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They have also established a special contact email for Hidden Gems issues at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tony Fisher