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.
Conservation groups pitch in $5,300 to increase the reward for information on illegal lynx killing near Green Mountain Reservoir in mid-January
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Conservation groups have teamed up to increase the reward for information on a lynx poaching near Heeney in mid-January. Six groups pooled money to raise the reward to a total of $5,800.
“The Colorado Division of Wildlife understands that help from the public is critical in solving these kinds of cases,” said Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton. “We appreciate the assistance of these organizations in stepping forward to help us catch the person responsible for this crime.”
Wildlife biologists picked up a mortality signal from the lynx’s collar Jan. 18. They found the collar and nearby evidence that the cat was killed illegally. The carcass was missing.
The thirteen year-old female, was one of the first lynx to be released in Colorado when a reintroduction effort started in 1999. Known to researchers as AK-99-F05, she was brought to Colorado from Alaska and was released in the San Juan Mountains. Over the next several years, she ranged hundreds of miles across Colorado, living for periods of time near Silverton, in Rocky Mountain National Park, and above Cataract Lake in northern Summit County, and crossing Vail Pass at least once.