PUTTING ADVOCACY TO WORK
Many of you have probably seen or experienced the damage to the trails near Gold Hill, between Breckenridge and Frisco. In their effort to manage pine beetle damage, the proper restoration of the trails in this area has not been fully completed by the contractor hired by the Forest Service.
We are looking to you, the membership and trail users, to let the Forest Service know that these trails are important to us. Please help us keep this issue alive and hold the contractor responsible. We need you to send your feedback in a productive and professional way to the District Ranger. Below are some points to include as well as some things to keep in mind:
1. Relate any personal experience you had using the trails since the logging and how it has impacted your experience.
2. Be firm, but polite. Stay on topic and to the point. Name calling and conspiracy theories are of no help.
3. It should be the responsibility of the Forest Service through its contractor to restore the trails to as close as possible their condition prior to the logging.
4. The Colorado trail is a very important recreational experience for many different users. Restoration should be given a high priority as this is a major attraction and can impact not only users, but local businesses.
5. Restoration should not be dependent on volunteers. Restoring trails due to logging should not divert volunteer hours from other badly needed projects.
Please send your personalized emails to Jan Cutts, the District Ranger, firstname.lastname@example.org