The closures are part of a management plan announced in June, but they have been overshadowed by a heated debate over how much drilling to allow on the sprawling,
The Bureau of Land Management said closing the trails to motorbikes, all-terrain vehicles and other motor vehicles will reduce erosion and improve wildlife habitat. Many of the closed routes parallel other roads or are short spurs to canyons or other
Steve Gunderson of the Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition disputed the assertion that closing some routes would improve habitat.
"There’s a lot of sanctuary up there. That’s the reason people talk about wildlife up there, is because there’s a lot of places for wildlife up there,” he said.
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