Well, the Forest Service (FS) released their Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Gunnison Basin yesterday, and as far as I can tell, it doesn’t look like mountain biking took the huge hit it could have. Roughly a year ago, I made a blog post regarding the FS’ desire to close a few of my favorite local trails to mountain bikes. Currently, it looks like the main casualty will be 413, a tremendous trail that very few people know about. I’m sure it won’t be closed immediately, so once the snow melts, I suggest riding it a few times while you still can. On the other hand, Green Lake and Eccher Gulch appear to be safe for now, which I’m really thankful for.
The FEIS can be found here, and the map, which may be the quickest way to see what is going on, can be found here. 30 more days of comments are now allowed, and then the FS will finalize their plan and then implement their plan. A huge Thank-You to anyone who wrote the FS a letter last year, I’d like to think we made a difference on this one.
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