|Lake Irwin and Ruby Peak in Gunnison County. Photo by Scott Braden|
Friday, July 27, 2012
Conservation Chronicles July 2012
CMC Stewardship Trips
The Colorado Mountain Club will work with USFS White River National Forest and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteer staff to repair heavily used and eroding trails at Buckskin and Willow Passes. Open to the public, but backpacking experience is required.
Ophir Fen Restoration
The Colorado Mountain Club will work with Mountain Studies Institute, San Juan Citizens Alliance, USFS, and Durango Mountain Resorts to restore wetlands disturbed during historic mining activities. Planting and erosion control. Open to the public. Car camping.
Beaver Brook Trail Maintenance
Did you know that both CMC and Denver Mountain Parks are celebrating their Centennials in 2012? Join the CMC and Denver Mountain Parks to work on maintaining this awesome Front Range trail overlooking Clear Creek Canyon. Open to the public. Lunch provided!
Sand Wash Basin RestorationCMC returns to Moffat County to celebrate National Public Lands Day with the Bureau of Land Management and a local equestrian club. Assist with trail work and clean up of Sand Wash. Sand Wash Basin is surrounded by ridges and mesas and is home to a herd of wild horses.Open to the public. Car camping.
Proposed Eldora Ski Resort Expansion
We have learned that the Eldora expansion plan has been modified from the 2011 Master Plan. This modification will have significant impacts on the Jenny Creek Trail and the access to the Arestua Hut. See the map of the proposed Eldora expansion: http://eldoraeis.com/media/uploads/scoping_map.pdf
If you look near the top of the map, the proposed ski area expansion significantly overlays the Jenny Creek trail. This could have impacts to access to the Jenny Creek drainage and the Arestua hut. It's not clear that Eldora has plans to mitigate these access concerns. The public feedback period for the Eldora expansion, which ends on August 6th. You can learn more about the process and give feedback at the Forest Service website: http://e2.ma/click/0v3ze/omwyhl/g8nc1. We strongly encourage your feedback to the Forest Service by August 6th.
Crestone/Cottonwood Creek Trail
The Cottonwood Creek Trail south of the town of Crestone, and the historic west side pathway to the Crestones & other peaks, is open for the summer. Prospective climbers are asked to contact the manager of the Baca Grande Water & Sanitation District, Steve Harrell (firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance of arrival. Since the available parking is on Water/San property, they need to know who is climbing in case there is a need for search/rescue service. He can also update climbers in case something changes later in the summer. Continue Reading....
CMC Groups In Action
Labor Day Weekend
This season, the Boulder Group gave Conservation Grants to a number of local stewardship groups, including Wildlands Restoration Volunteers. WRV volunteers will construct about 450 feet of trail connecting to the popular Sourdough Trail, plant over 500 native trees and shrubs around the Portal, plant native seeds, install erosion matting, close/rehab at least 1200 feet of social trails, and stabilize/revegetate an eroding slope near the new entrance booth. Volunteers will be working at an elevation of about 10,000 feet.Join CMC members and our partners at Brainard Lake Recreation Area on Labor Day Weekend! Register for the project!
Saturdays through September
The Denver Group continues to clear downed trees in the Mt. Evans Wilderness, construct new trail, and maintain climbing areas. The Denver Group offers one-day projects most Saturdays through September. By now, you've spent many weekends hiking around the state. You know what kind of shape they are in and that maintenance can't happen without volunteers. Consider joining us for a day. View projects and register via the CMC Activity Schedule.