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Important action alert – Red Grade Trails Project Scoping Notice

Please help our friends at the Sheridan Community Land Trust (SCLT) – submit your comments to the US Forest Service (USFS) about the Red Grade Trails Project Scoping Notice.

Comment Today! Written comments must be submitted by May 1, 2018 and addressed to: Red Grade Trails Project Scoping Notice; Attention: Andrew Johnson, Forest Supervisor, Bighorn National Forest, 2013 Eastside 2nd St., Sheridan, WY 82801. 

Comments or questions may also be sent via email to: sevanskirol@fs.fed.us.

Background on the Issue & Topics to Include in Your Comment:

The USFS, Bighorn National Forest is asking the public to provide comments on the recently released Red Grade Trails Project Scoping Notice regarding the development and maintenance of 15 miles of trail to augment the Red Grade trail system. The document is available for review at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/nfs/11558/www/nepa/107866_FSPLT3_4282121.pdf.


The SCLT has suggested the following talking points for your comment:

Specific Red Grade Trails Project points:

  1. This phase of the successful Red Grade Trails will extend the existing trails from the base of the foothills to the top of the ridge. 
  2. The trails are purpose built and designed to provide a positive trail experience for the user and the resource.
  3. To meet these goals, it’s important for a system to provide valued elements such as variety, challenge, scenery, connectivity, and mileage. 

General Points

  1. Trails close to home are important for:
    • healthy, active community.
    • providing space to spend wholesome time with friends and family.
    • connecting youth with nature.
    • giving elders safe access to the mountains.
    • providing a place for people of all abilities to slow down, take a deep breath, and appreciate the beauty of Sheridan County.

Excerpt from Wyoming Pathways’ letter in support of the Project:

The purpose of these trails and the need for action have been well articulated during the prior planning phases with the State of Wyoming and the BLM. The goal for the Red Grade Trails as the Forest Service moves forward with this scoping should be to improve public recreational opportunities and create a quality non-motorized trail system that provides forest visitors with a sustainable and accessible trail system. This is clearly being accomplished with the proposal.

Building on the success of prior phases, this phase of the Red Grade Trails will extend the existing trails from the base of the foothills to the top of the ridge. It is important that the Forest Service continue the thoughtful approach to trail design that has been used thus far. The Red Grade trails should be purpose built and designed to provide a positive trail experience for the user and the resource. It’s important for the Red Grade Trail system to provide valued elements such as variety, challenge, scenery, connectivity, and mileage.

The project strikes the right balance with addressing growing demands for improved nonmotorized recreation options, meeting agency goals to connect people with forest lands, and the need to protect natural resources and mitigate concerns of adjacent property owners. This is a responsible proposal that will provide close-to-home trail access, promote public land stewardship and create better options for different user groups.

The Bighorn National Forest should formally add these new trails into the Trail System database, and update forest trail maps for the public.

The Sheridan Community Land Trust and Sheridan County have done an outstanding job partnering with public land agencies. It is commendable that the SCLT will provide trail construction and maintenance assistance to the Forest Service and adjacent lands for the Red Grade Trails project and that they will continue to be partners with public land managers to assist in the ongoing trail maintenance, stewardship and education.

We believe sufficient planning has been invested to use the Categorical Exclusion decision method allowed under NEPA to approve the Red Grade Trails project. Please approve the Red Grade Trail project as proposed, so that implementation can proceed as soon as practical. A timely decision is needed to continue work on these well-identified needs to improve the quality of the Forest visitor experience and to improve access to our public lands.

Thank you for your consideration of our comments.


We hope that you will take a moment to let the Forest Service know that you support the project.  You can learn more on the Sheridan Community Land Trust website: https://sheridanclt.org/red-grade-trails-project-submit-your-comment-to-the-united-states-forest-service/

Don’t delay, please comment by Tuesday, May 1st.

 


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