Your Opinion “Fore” More Ski Trails at Golf Course
As most locals know, the golf season can be somewhat short at 10,152 feet, while the cross country ski season can last for several more months in America’s Highest City than most places.
To that end, it looks like officials want to develop additional cross country ski trails out at the Mount Massive Golf course area. So here’s the information from the Forest Service folks, and the chance to weigh in with your opinion. Note that the deadline for comment is Thursday, July 14, and notification of decision will be in November 2016. If approved, the development of the additional trails will begin in November-December 2016.
The Public is invited to participate in the planning process of a proposal for additional cross country ski trails located adjacent to the Mount Massive Golf course ski trails. The Leadville Ranger District of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) is conducting an analysis pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to add additional ski trails that are linked to the ski trails located on the golf course, seeking public comments is part of the process. This opportunity to comment provides the public an opportunity to provide meaningful input prior to the decision on projects and activities related to implementing land and resource management plans.
The Leadville Ranger District plans to evaluate the proposal for an additional 4.52 miles of variable cross country ski terrain that would cover an area of 4.9 acres including 4.5 feet buffer from the center of the groomed trail. There would be no vegetation manipulation required and this activity would only take place during the winter months so this would be over the snow travel only by nordic skis.
The additional trails would increase skiable groomed terrain for visitors and locals, the groomed trail would be maintained by Mount Massive Golf course employees under a Special Use Permit in conjunction with existing cross country ski trails located at the golf course.
The Leadville District Ranger will be the responsible official. The anticipated level of NEPA is Categorical Exclusion 36 CFR 220.6(e)(3) Approval, modification, or continuation of minor special uses of NFS lands that require less than five contiguous acres of land.
The proposed action occurs within Management Area 2B and is consistent with the Pike and San Isabel National Forests Land and Resource Plan.
Management Area 2B: Provides opportunity for outdoor recreation in roaded natural and rural setting, including developed recreation facilities and year-round motorized and non-motorized recreation.
The National Forest System lands proposed for the cross country ski trails are located in Lake County, Township 9 South, Range 80 West, Secs. 19, 20, 29, 30. , 6th Principal Meridian, as shown on the map and scoping letter attached to this letter and found online at: LINK. 4.52 miles of cross country ski trail are on National Forest System lands.
Please submit your comments by July 14, 2016. Comments may be submitted by email to Jim Fiorelli email@example.com. Alternatively, written comments may be submitted to: Leadville Ranger District, Attn: Jim Fiorelli, 810 Front Street, Leadville, CO 80461. Please be as specific as possible in expressing your comments so they can be effectively addressed. Comments received, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record for this project, and will be available for public inspection.
The decision is expected in November 2016 with implementation anticipated to begin in November-December 2016 depending on weather and snow conditions. For more information contact Jim Fiorelli at 719-486-7411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for caring about your National Forest!