Open houses set on White River travel management
December 9, 2008
ASPEN ” The White River National Forest will hold open houses on its new Travel Management Plan proposal in Aspen and El Jebel on Saturday, Dec. 13.
The Aspen open house will be held from 9 a.m. until noon at the North Forty Fire Station, 0043 Sage Way, near the Airport Business Center.
The El Jebel open house will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Eagle County Community Center, 20 Eagle County Road.
The White River National Forest recently released a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the travel management plan. When completed, that document will dictate how roads and trails can be used throughout the 2.3-million acre national forest that surrounds Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.
There will be a 60-day comment period ending on Jan. 6, 2009, according to the forest supervisor’s office.
The document is available on line at http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/whiteriver/projects/travel_management. Instructions for commenting on the plan are available at the same website along with an interactive map.
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Officials from the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District will attend the open houses to answer questions about uses of specific roads and trails. People who plan to attend are encouraged to review the materials on the website in advance.
The Forest Service has identified a preferred alternative, known as Alternative G.