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Fraser Trails open house on Thursday

Sky-Hi News Staff Report

Learn about the Trails Smart-Sizing Project

http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/SulphurTrails

The US Forest Service and HTA will host an open house starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at the HTA offices in Fraser. The open house will have four stations that discuss the different aspects of the Trails Smart-Sizing Project.

“People can come and go, ask questions and have an opportunity to comment on the project,” said Nick Schade, Natural Resource Specialist for the US Forest Service.

The Forest Service is proposing new trails, enhanced trailheads, and better connectivity to towns in the Winter Park and Fraser area. The project would connect existing trail networks in the Winter Park and Fraser areas by constructing up to 18 miles of new trails and rerouting or improving existing trails. It would create loop systems with varying difficulty levels close to communities for mountain biking, hiking, and other trail users. In addition to improving the trail system in an environmentally and socially responsible manner, the proposal would limit bicycle use to designated system trails and roads on across the entire Sulphur Ranger District. Non-system (social or user created) trails could be obliterated.

The 30-day comment period ends March 18. From the comments the US Forest Service will decide on any changes or alternatives to the project, he said.

While public comments will not be posted on the website, Schade hopes to have a decision about any changes or alternatives by the first week of April.

This project has come out of the Master Plan Trails Initiative that was adopted in November 2015.

The US Forest Service has collaborated with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Headwaters Trails Alliance, the towns of Winter Park and Fraser and other local groups, including Grand Mountain Bike Alliance and the Grand County Wilderness Group for this trail project.


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