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Forest Service seeks comment on Stone Creek-Meadow Mountain trail connection

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MINTURN — The Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District is seeking comments on a proposal to extend the Eagle-Vail trail from Stone Creek Trail No. 2349 to the Meadow Mountain Trail No. 2124. The proposal would construct approximately four miles of new, nonmotorized trail, adjust the travel management designations on the Whiskey Creek Trail No. 2348 to allow mountain bikes, remove the lower portion of Whiskey Creek Trail No. 2348 from the U.S. Forest Service system as it enters State Land Board properties, and decommission several user-created routes in the area.

“This connection would be the first new section of trail that we’ve proposed on National Forest System land in the area in quite some time,” District Ranger Aaron Mayville said. “We look forward to hearing the public’s thoughts and improving the trail system in that area.”

The district hopes to create a more sustainable trail system, enhance user opportunities, and improve trail connectivity with this proposal.

Written comments must be submitted via mail, fax, email or in person, and comments concerning this action will be most helpful if received by or before Aug. 21. Written comments must be submitted to: Paula Peterson, District Recreation Program Manager, Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, P.O. Box 190, Minturn, 81645, or faxed to 970-827-9343. For those submitting hand-delivered comments, office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or MS Word (.docx). Project details and comments may also be submitted electronically at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52056.

For more information about the project you may contact Peterson at 970-827-5159 or pkpeterson@fs.fed.us.