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Forest Plan appeals cover the spectrum

Aspen Times Staff Report

After the White River National Forest Plan was completed last summer by the U.S. Forest Service, 14 appeals were filed before the September deadline.

The following is a list of the party that appealed and a summary of their complaints:

?Colorado Department of Natural Resources: Seeks more logging, limits on federal water rights on forest lands and objects to any designation of wild, scenic or recreational rivers.

?Aspen Wilderness Workshop and seven allies: Claims the analyses performed for the Forest Plan on ski areas, timber suitability, roadless areas and wilderness, and wildlife protection were biased, flawed or insufficient.

?Colorado Ski Country, Vail Resorts and Copper Mountain: They concentrated on wildlife issues, particularly lynx habitat.

?Arapahoe Basin: Raised minor boundary issue.

?Blue Ribbon Coalition, and Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition: Oppose trail and road closures and want more terrain opened to vehicles.

?Back Country Citizens Alliance: Want more winter terrain designated for backcountry skiers.

?Town of Gypsum and LEDE Limited Liability: Raised concerns about wilderness designation of land south of Gypsum that contains water infrastructure for the town.

?Three individuals: Two opposed specific trail and road closures to motorized vehicles; one sought greater separation of winter users of the Shrine Pass area outside of Vail.


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