Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Colorado Trail use

Just got a call and an e-mail from Bill Manning at the Colorado Trail Foundation.

He is sharing the group's comments on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and the Forest Service's move to define future use.

About 150 miles of the Colorado Trail overlaps the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

Bill Manning writes: "Because this planning effort for CDNST so greatly impacts the CT, the CTF studied the subject carefully, consulted our entire Board of Directors, and submitted the comment that appears on our website ... In a nutshell, we hope the CT becomes fully non-motorized as has been our goal since inception, but otherwise remain open to all other user groups that are currently allowed, namely hike, bike and horse."

1 comment:

John said...

I enjoy using colorado's trails for hiking, mtn biking and dirt biking.

Why is it OK for new (relative to the existance of many of these trails) trail groups to decide they want to include existing and historic multi-use trails in their "new" trail, and then claim them for their own in the interest of the public and decide they need to be non-motorized.

The public seems to support a mixture of multi-use AND non-motorized trails. The current trend is to completely cut-off motorized use by special interest opposite to the real public opinion.

I am involved in these issues and regularly submit comments based on USFS proposals, however this process is not friendly to the general public. You have to do the research and work to get involved, thus I respect the more informational view provided by Out There and hope you continue not to present this type of information as supported by the public and include responsible use of motorized trails and the groups who maintain these trails in your future stories.