At a public meeting in Heeney, White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams said the agency will try to address local concerns about a plan to improve campgrounds and boat launch facilities at Green Mountain Reservoir.
Forest Service gets input on Green Mountain plan, will drop proposal for overhead power lines and may scale back some other parts of the plan; decision expected in the next few weeks
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — The U.S. Forest Service won’t pursue a new set of overhead power lines for a campground improvement project at Green Mountain Reservoir, and may cut some other parts of a large-scale proposal that is nearing final approval. Read the Forest Service draft environmental assessment here.
“When I came to the White River National Forest six months ago, one of the first questions I asked was, what ARRA projects do we have,” forest supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams said, referring to federal stimulus funds allocated to the Forest Service last year.
As part of the economic recovery program, the Dillon District was awarded $1.475 million for Green Mountain Reservoir. Those funds have to be obligated by Sept. 30, 2010, Fitzwilliams said.
Speaking at public meeting in Heeney Thursday, Fitzwilliams said he was pleased with the answer when he learned that the Green Mountain improvements probably could qualify for the federal subsidy.
“I said, excellent. We’ll have a ribbon-cutting, a barbecue … Everybody loves a campground,” he said wryly, explaining that he wasn’t expecting the plan to be controversial.
But when a draft study for the campground and boat-launch improvements was released late last month, local officials started to wave warning flags. They said parts of the plan to add developed camp sites, a boat launch and even a full-fledged marina operation don’t mesh with the county’s vision of the Lower Blue valley. Millions of dollars have been spent on protecting the rural agricultural character of the area. Large-scale development, even if it’s for recreation, is not appropriate, according to the county commissioners. (more…)
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