Approval includes summer closure to protect wildlife
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — After more than five years of study, the nonprofit Summit Huts Association has a green light to build a new 16-person backcountry shelter on the northern flanks of Baldy Mountain, near Breckenridge, to be called the Weber Gulch Hut.
To protect wildlife habitat, the new hut will only be open in the winter, which represents a change from SHA’s initial proposal to include summer use.
Forest Service starts public scoping; open house set for Nov. 3
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The public will have a chance to weigh in on a proposed new backcountry hut near Breckenridge during the next few weeks, as the Forest Service opens a scoping period on the proposal.
A public open house will be held on November 3, 2011 from 5-7 p.m. at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena, 186 Boreas Pass Road, Breckenridge, Colorado. Representatives from the WRNF and SHA will be present to answer questions and provide additional information on this project. Check out the scoping notice posted in a Scribd.com window at the end of this story for more details, including how to comment.
Based on public input and other data compiled by resource experts, the Forest Service will compile a draft environmental assessment. that document will also be open to public comment before White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams makes a decision on the hut proposal, possibly sometime next year.
Nonprofit group forging ahead with plans for a new hut high on Baldy as the Forest Service accepts proposal
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit Huts Association will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its annual Backcountry Ball with revamped fundraiser this Friday, Oct. 21, at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge.
Along with swapping stories about past hut trips and planning this year’s adventures, it could be a good time to ask the Summit Huts folks about their plans for a new hut on the flanks of Baldy Mountain. Word has it that the Forest Service has formally accepted the organization’s proposal and will soon begin the formal review process with a public scoping period.