Forest Service rangers say a draft environental study should be done in April, giving the public a chance to comment on alternatives; project to be funded with $1.4 million from federal stimulus package
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — A draft plan for improving camping facilities and upgrading access to Green Mountain reservoir should be complete sometime next month and available for public review and comment in April, rangers with the Dillon District of the U.S. Forest Service said last week.
Proposed improvements could include 40 new campsites at the Cow Creek area, on the east side of the reservoir, as well as road repairs and construction at various camping and recreational sites. Improving access from Highway 9 to the recreation areas is a key part of the plan, as is determining a potential location for a new marina.
Forest Service land specialist Paul Semmer said the draft environmental assessment will present a few different alternatives for public review and input.
“The Cow Creek area is emerging as the preferred option,” Semmer said, explaining that deeper water, shelter from wind, and the ability to control boat access to prevent the spread of non-native mussels are the main factors. Continue reading
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