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Comments accepted on Beaver Creek projects

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The public can review and provide comments on proposed projects on Beaver Creek Mountain in preparation for the upcoming 2015 World Alpine Championships, the Forest Service said Tuesday.

The proposal, designed to enhance and sustain Beaver Creek’s ability to provide a world-class venue for alpine ski events, is within Beaver Creek’s Forest Service-administered Special Use Permit boundary.

At the request of the Forest Service, the Environmental Protection Agency has published in the Federal Register a “notice of availability” for the Beaver Creek Mountain Improvements Draft Environmental Impact Statement.



“This Draft Environmental Impact Statement is the direct result of over a year of study and analysis of the potential biological and social effects on the natural environment of the proposed activities at Beaver Creek,” said Scott Fitzwilliams, White River Forest supervisor. “What Beaver Creek has proposed is an appropriate use of the National Forest, but it must be accomplished in an environmentally sensitive manner.”

A number of infrastructure projects and improvements are proposed, including:



• A new women’s downhill race course.

• A women’s giant slalom race course using portions of existing ski trails on Grouse Mountain.

• Modifications to the existing men’s downhill race course.



• Replacement of Red Tail Camp and expanded finish area.

• A new water tank to supply the new Red Tail Camp facility and Beano’s Cabin.

The comment period for the Beaver Creek improvements will close Jan. 9. A Final Environmental Impact Statement complete with a formal Record of Decision is expected by the spring of 2012.

Interested public may read and comment on the Draft EIS by visiting the WRNF website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver, select “Land and Resources Management,” then “Projects,” and “Beaver Creek Mountain Improvements.”


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