Highway 9 wildlife bridge and underpasses are featured in this video
OHV's cause damage to riparian areas. Phot Misi Ballard
Failing road along the S Platte River in Wildcat Canyon. Photo Jean Smith
Help field check routes
The conservation community is organizing field checking on some priority routes this summer and fall. Volunteers will travel an assigned route and document conditions that will justify closing it.
Mappers using smart phones, a camera and GPS, or one of Wild Connections iPads will record specific data. Wild Connections will have training sessions.Contact Jim Lockhart at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 385-0045 for more information or to volunteer.
Pike-San Isabel NF is under going a comprehensive travel management planning
Motorized use on 500 miles of the Pike-San Isabel was challenged in court, leading to the current planning process
Four years ago Quiet Use Coalition, Rocky Mountain Wild, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, The Wilderness Society and Wild Earth Guardians "filed a lawsuit challenging the Pike-San Isabel's permitting motorized vehicle use on over 500 miles of motorized roads and trails without first consulting the public or examining the potential environmental effects. Some of the routes are in areas zoned for not-motorized use only; others were located in important big-game winter range and imperiled species' habitat." (Earth Justice, press release)
The U. S. District Court announced the settlement on November 20th. The Forest Service is now required to review all motorized use on the forest and develop a plan that defines the type and location of motorized use across the Pike-San Isabel with in five years.
This is a win for both wildlife and the public and will help protect the forest for the future. Earth Justice represented the conservation groups in this lawsuit.
A public comment period has ended and the planning activities are now in the hands of Forest Service staff. Wild Connections will keep up to date on the planning and post more information when it is available.