Draft MBRTB Recreation Site Analysis Document Available for Public Review
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) January 25, 2017 – A draft document, which makes management recommendations for recreation sites on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland (MBRTB), is now available for public review.
Over the past year, U.S. Forest Service staff with the MBRTB have undertaken a unit-wide analysis of their developed recreation sites. The internal analysis, physical examination, and subsequent recommendations will result in management direction, changes, and priorities in coming years.
A web page has been developed for public information and feedback on the MBRTB Recreation Site Analysis (RSA). Visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/mbrtb/rsa to view the draft document and to submit comments. Comments would be most useful if received by Feb. 28, 2017.
Although this RSA process is not a formal USFS project requiring public comment, the Forest does want public input and did solicit last March/April for initial public comment regarding recreation sites. Comments have been accepted and considered throughout the process, which will culminate in a final analysis document in early 2017.
Ultimately the Forest Service wants to maintain an effective, sustainable recreation program and hopes to address the following topics with the analysis:
- Address changing recreation demands
- Meet current and future public recreation site needs
- Consider the effect of recreation sites on local economic, environmental, and social situations
- Manage to agency health, safety, and environmental standards
- Reduce deferred recreation site maintenance burden
- Focus limited MBRTB recreation program resources on our highest priority sites and facilities in a cost-effective manner
There are currently 221 developed recreation sites on the MBRTB. Those sites include boat docks, campgrounds, interpretive sites, picnic areas, trailheads, and visitor centers. No reduction of access to National Forest System lands will occur as a result of this analysis, rather there will be changes in how sites are managed.
Useful public input regarding MBRTB recreation sites could include the following:
- Do the recommendations in the draft document meet your recreation needs?
- Will services that are important to you at developed recreation sites still be provided (signage, parking, water, trash, restrooms, picnic tables, USFS staff presence)?
- Are you willing to pay more for services at developed recreation sites that have proposed price increases?
- Is there site-specific information that should be considered in the final document?
For site-specific information you can also contact your local Forest Service office. Office locations, phone numbers, and areas of recreation site management are listed below.
Hahns Peak-Bears Ears District Office
Steamboat Springs, Colo., (970-870-2299)
- Manages sites in the California Park, Mount Zirkel, North Routt, & Steamboat Springs areas
Parks District Office
Walden, Colo., (970-723-8204)
- Manages sites in the Mount Zirkel, Snowy Range, & Troublesome areas
Yampa District Office
Yampa, Colo. (970-638-4516)
- Manages sites in the Flat Tops & Gore areas
Brush Creek-Hayden Ranger District Office
Saratoga, Wyo., (307-326-5258)
- Manages sites in the Sierra Madre & Snowy Range areas
Douglas Ranger District Office
Douglas, Wyo., (307-358-4690)
- Manages sites in the Laramie Peak area & Thunder Basin National Grassland
Laramie Ranger District Office
Laramie, Wyo., (307-745-2300)
- Manages sites in the Pole Mountain & Snowy Range areas