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Colorado: Forest Service trails plan draws fire from county

County commissioners see inconsistencies in plan, express concerns about impacts to county services and the environment

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A proposal to increase motorized use on Tenderfoot Mountain is generating controversy in Summit County. Bob Berwyn photo.

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By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — The Summit County Commissioners still have serious concerns about a scaled-back proposal for motorized recreation on Tenderfoot Mountain, including the overall size of the proposal and the projected increase in motorized users.

The county is also at odds with the rationale that past illegal use of the area by dirt bikes is a justification for creation of a legal trail system. The concerns are outlined in a planning staff memo, prepared for the Dec. 4 county commissioner work session.

The planners wrote: “Years of illegal motorized activity should not make it acceptable to allow such activity to continue, nor justify this as an appropriate location.  A long history of off-trail riding and the creation of 29 miles of illegal trails call into question the feasibility of preventing future perpetuation of this illegal activity …” Continue reading

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