Attention please! Your access to our public lands is under attack! Did you know that hybrid skiers and snowboarders as well as snowmobilers are battling access issues throughout the country? Winter Travel Management Plans are currently being developed in National Forests in California, Wyoming, and Montana; some of these areas could potentially loose 50 to 80% of the land they access via snowmobile and other over-snow vehicles. Fact: organizations such as the Winter Wildlands Alliance sued the National Forest, requiring them to establish Winter Travel Management Plans, without an increase in funding to help develop the plans or enforcement of them. These first Winter Travel Management Plans are especially important because they will pave the way for those in our remaining National Forests, including ours!
Share the Slate invites one and all to our annual public meeting Thursday, December 5th, at 6 pm, at the Talk of the Town in Crested Butte. Please join us for our typical Brick Oven pizza and FREE beer (courtesy of the Talk). We also will be having a new format – a TRIVIA round with prizes for teams who win! Come learn about Share the Slate, what we do, and other interesting information regarding winter travel management in the Gunnison Valley. See you all on Thursday!
As many of you know, we have been working for a few years on a winter recreation mobile app. When the CBGTA released their summer-based CBG Trails mobile app in May, 2017, we knew it would be best to team up with them to create a winter recreation layer on their already existing mobile app so that all recreation info for Gunnison Valley could be readily available in one place. We are happy to announce that the winter recreation layer is now live.
You can find the CBGTrails app at the Apple App Store and Google Play store as well as the cbgtrails.com website. The current download will include the winter recreation layer. If you already have CBG Trails installed, simply make sure the app is updated so to make the winter recreation layer included.
Share the Slate invites one and all to our annual public meeting Tuesday, January 22nd, at 6 pm, at the Talk of the Town in Crested Butte. Please join us for beer, Brick Oven pizza, and a short informational presentation. Our presentation will include information about
- Our upcoming winter travel management process
- How the first set winter travel management processes are going elsewhere aroudn the country and what we can learn from them
- The current Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison National Forest Revision
- Parking issues and reminders at local trailheads
- The Gunnison / Crested Butte winter recreation app
So, please come join us for some entertainment and enlightenment! We have a lot of information to we’d love to share with you!
A four-part lecture series hosted by the U.S. Forest Service and WCU’s Masters in Environmental Management program commences this Thursday evening. It will explore various facets of winter recreational use in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG.) This series is FREE and open to the public! It is essential that vested individuals such as YOURSELF attend opportunities such as this! As the Forest Service is under mandate to implement a Winter Travel Management Plan in the next year or so, we must educate and involve ourselves in this process in order to protect our interests to maintain current access to our beloved drainages for ALL users. We hope to see YOU at the University Center North Ballroom on the WCU campus in Gunnison on Thursday from 6:30 to 8. See the flyer below for all details.
We regret to inform you that this event has now been cancelled due to too much snow. Yay winter! On Sunday, October 21, Share the Slate will combine efforts with over twenty nonprofits, land management agencies, local ranchers, governments and businesses in this year’s Paradise Cleanup of the upper valleys. Please plan join us and show how much Share the Slate cares! Each organization is designated one clean-up zone, so the more Share-the-Slate-specific volunteers show up, the greater a job we’ll do with our assigned zone! We all know of the impacts to our valleys from dispersed camping and other uses, and on cleanup day we will band together to help our Paradise recover from a summer of heavy enjoyment. The more the merrier, and the more we can accomplish. Volunteers will meet at the Visitor Center parking lot at 10:30 AM, where First Ascent will provide coffee (make sure to bring your own mug!) We will be treated to a barbecue, beer and prizes following the cleanup at 3 PM at Oh-Be-Joyful.Bring warm clothes, work gloves, water and friends and families to this real community-building event. To help keep this project as zero-waste as possible, please bring your own plate, cup and utensils. You’ll be so glad you helped!
So, let’s back up and remember why Share the Slate began… We began a few years back because a segment of our local population expressed interest in reducing motorized use or access to our winter recreation areas. But, the main reason why this segment of the population felt empowered was due to the OSV (Over-Snow Vehicle) Ruling which became law in February, 2015. Basically, a group called Winter Wildlands Alliance sued the National Forest, requiring the already financially-burdened organization to create Winter Travel Management Plans (summer ones already existed) for every National Forest. It’s taken some years for them to really start this process, but the first Winter Travel Management Plans are just now being developed. Even though these are currently located in California, these are extremely important to us in Colorado as they will set the precedent for future Winter Travel Management Plans – and ours is coming soon!