Saturday, March 15, 2014

U.S. Forest Service Seeks Comments on Re-Route of Colorado Trail

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Salida Ranger District is seeking public comments on the design and re-route of a portion of the Colorado Trail. The project area is approximately 15 miles west of Salida, Colorado in Chaffee County. Plans include the design and construction of approximately 4.5 miles of new trail located on portions of the Colorado Trail. Comments are due no later than April 15th.

The Salida Ranger District is working to finalize two locations for initial layout and design of a non-motorized portion of the Colorado Trail located in the South Fooses Creek drainage.

* A section of the current single track trail is experiencing significant vegetation and soil loss. To alleviate this damage a re-route of approximately two miles of single track trail will be designed.

* A trail alignment will re-route the current location of the Colorado Trail, currently co-aligned with National Forest System Road (NFSR) #225. This section of trail will include approximately 2.5 miles of new single track trail.

* The final phase will enhance the current South Fooses Reservoir restroom facility site to include trailhead parking and proper signing.

The project will utilize USFS trail standards regarding design, layout and construction of a sustainable class trail system.

To request additional information or submit comments contact Project Manager Brett Beasley at either (719) 539-3591 or Information or comments can also be faxed to (719) 539-3593 or delivered in person or mailed to: Salida Ranger District Office, 5575 Cleora Rd., Salida, CO 81201. The office is open weekdays from 8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m., excluding holidays.


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