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New hut proposed near Tennessee Pass

Matt Terrell
Vail correspondent

EAGLE COUNTY” The White River National Forest could soon allow a hut to be built near Jones Gulch, a mile and a half northeast of Vance’s Cabin and close to Chicago Ridge and Tennessee Pass.

The 10th Mountain Division Hut Association proposed the hut in March, and changes were made to the proposal during the summer to reduce the impact on lynx habitat and other resources. The Holy Cross Ranger District will study the environmental impact of the proposed hut and is asking for public comment.

Also being considered are improvements to a road in the area and construction of 1.3 miles of new road near the site.

Hikers, snowshoers and horseback riders would use the hut. Huts are often fully booked during January, February and March, and Nordic skiing and snowshoeing activity is expected to increase nearly 4 percent a year, according to the White River National Forest.

Public comments should be submitted by Friday, Jan. 5.

Send comments to: Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District; White River National Forest; P.O. Box 720; Eagle, CO 81631, Attn: Brian Lloyd, acting district ranger. Comments can be e-mailed to comments-rocky-mountain-white-river-eastzone@fs.fed.us. E-mails should include a mailing address.

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