Public input sought on Arapaho National Forest expansion |

Public input sought on Arapaho National Forest expansion

Sky-Hi News staff

Sen. Mark Udall is seeking public comments about his proposal to extend the boundary of the Arapaho National Forest by 90 acres in Grand County.

The proposal is intended to protect sensitive lands along the Colorado River and between Arapaho National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park, maintain wildlife corridors and ensure future generations are able to use the area.

The plan would establish a new administrative boundary of the forest to include several parcels the U.S. Forest Service already owns as well as other small parcels owned by supportive private landowners. Once the boundary is extended, the parcel would become part of the Bowen Gulch Protection Area.

The new forest boundary would add more than 90 acres to the Arapaho National Forest adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park and the Colorado River, located north of Grand Lake in Grand County.

The 30-day comment period on Udall's proposal began July 14. For more information about the legislation and to submit questions or comments, visit by Aug. 13.