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Summit County: Forest Service doing sound tests for proposed motorized recreation trail on Tenderfoot Mountain

Agency says draft environmental study almost finished; plan sets up showdown between federal and state jurisdictions

A Forest Service scoping map for a proposed motorized trail system on Tenderfoot Mountain.

Motorized recreation on Tenderfoot Mountain, Summit County, Colorado.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Despite significant concerns and opposition from local neighborhoods, the U.S. Forest Service continues to push ahead with plans for a 30-mile motorized trail system on Tenderfoot Mountain.

According to the agency, the draft environmental study for the trail project is almost complete and scheduled to be released in the coming months.

As one of the final steps, the Forest Service is doing a sound test on June 21 to try and assess noise impacts to areas closest to the proposed motorcycle track, including the Tenderfoot Addition to Dillon, Corinthian Hills, Summerwood, Summit Cove, Tennis Townhomes, Saints Johns Condominiums, and The Enclave. The test will be done between 5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

An initial sound test conducted June 1o involved four motorcycles being ridden on trails closest to those neighborhoods. According to the Forest Service, a sound technician used a decibel meter to measure the sound — without success, primarily due to the background noise from traffic on Highway 6. Continue reading

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