Improvement Plans for Camp Hale Presented
Looks like there are some upcoming plans for Camp Hale, the U.S. Army training facility constructed in 1942 for what became the 10th Mountain Division. Of course, the area has a special Leadville connection, as the early 15,000 soldiers who were housed there became a unique part of the community during their training. Here are the details in addition to links where the public can weigh in on the project.
The U.S. Forest Service is initiating a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis to document and disclose potential impacts of the Camp Hale Restoration and Enhancement Project.
The Camp Hale Restoration and Enhancement Project is the result of recommendations from a two-year collaborative effort with representation by 40 individuals, businesses and organizations. This collaborative effort developed recommendations to restore ecosystems, enhance recreation opportunities, protect historic values and preserve existing valid permits and rights.
A 45-day scoping comment period will begin when the Notice of Intent is published in the Federal Register (anticipated March 20, 2015).
The purpose of action is to improve aquatic, riparian, and wetland conditions in and along the Eagle River and its tributaries, maintain or improve recreation opportunities and facilities, and conserve historic values in the Camp Hale area, while preserving existing valid rights and permits.
The need for action is driven by historic and ongoing impairment of stream health, riparian condition and hydrologic function in the upper Eagle River and its tributaries. Current recreational infrastructure and facilities are quickly becoming outdated and overused. Recreational sites throughout the project area are in various states of deterioration and/or are entirely lacking. The project would focus on repairing and enhancing existing infrastructure thereby improving the overall experience at these sites. There is a commitment at the same time to retain features that reflect historic values of the Camp Hale area.
Additional scoping materials, including a project map, can be found HERE. Written comments can be submitted by one of the following means:
Mail: Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor, c/o Matt Grove, Project Leader, PO Box 190, Minturn, CO 81645
In person: Matt Grove, East Zone Fisheries Biologist, 24747 US Highway 24, Minturn, CO 81645 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays), FAX: (970) 827-5715
Electronic Comment Submissions: LINK.
For more information contact Matt Grove, Project Manager, Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District. Mr. Grove can be reached by phone at (970) 827-5166 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.