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Comment sought in river rafting operations for WRNF

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado

SILVERTHORNE – The Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest is seeking public comment on several changes to the permitting of river rafting operations.

The Forest is considering changing the approval of river rafting operations to a ten-year special use permit for outfitter/guides operating on the Blue River. Currently, operations are approved annually. The ten-year permitting would alleviate the cost and time associated with the annual workload while still requiring adequate environmental review of the outfitter/guide’s proposed actions.

Three outfitter/guides run river-rafting operations on the Blue River, and the number of launches would remain the same under the ten-year permitting authorization. Current levels allow four rafts per launch, with three launches per day. The new, special use permit would be extended to include hard-shell and inflatable kayaks.

The Forest is also considering the approval of a new river rafting operation on Ten Mile Creek. The approval would be under a temporary permit and would only allow launches Monday through Thursday. Guided raft tours would run from the Officer’s Gulch exit at Interstate 70 to Dillon Reservoir. Daily launches would be limited to four boats and one kayak per day.

For more information on the environmental analysis or to provide public comment, contact Cam Meyer, special use administrator, at 970-262-3486.

Comments are due by April 16, 2007.

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