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Articles from November 2021

New Forest Service Plan May Impact Your Access

Did you know that if GMUG (Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison) National Forests adopt Alternative D that is proposed in their current Draft Plan that the Gunnison Basin stands to lose over 45% of its current snowmobiling terrain? Take a look at these numbers published on p. 12 of vol 1 of the GMUG DEIS: Alternative A represents our current National Forest ROS (Recreation Opportunity Spectrum). Alternatives B, C, and D represent the possibility of our ROS in the future. As you can see, our current semi-primitive non-motorized terrain (essentially, non-groomed snowmobile areas) is around 53% of our acreage. However, Alternative D, if passed, would limit it to 6% while also eliminating 1% of groomed terrain. Perhaps even worse, snowmobiling to Aspen and back would become a thing of the past as Alternative D would close terrain on the other side of Tilton Pass to over-snow vehicles (see Point 5 in our letter to the GMUG). Alternative D would also impact some access in the Poverty Gulch area (see Point 1 in our Letter). We cannot let this happen. The County and Town of Crested Butte have written letters of support to the National Forest for Alternative D. In order to