Closure of Trails in the Bear Creek Watershed

From: Rich B.
Sent on: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 3:47 PM

Hi Secular Hikers,

The National Forest Service has proposed to close trails in the Bear Creek Watershed and trails connecting with those trails summer 2014. This is to protect the sole remaining population of genetically pure Greenback Cutthroat Trout. This decision has been made with little public input; however, input is possible for a limited time. You may access extensive information regarding this subject at:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/psicc/home/?cid=STELPRDB5397304 (USDA Forest Service – Pike and San Isabel National Forest)

There are also two places on the initial page that you may click on to contact the 'powers that be' and provide your opinions, suggestions, comments, etc. (Contact US / Click here to provide comments).

Please consider taking the time to provide feedback regarding this situation by March 27, 2014! The current proposal will close many of the trails that are spectacular in this area: Seven Bridges, Bear Creek, Pipeline, Jones Park, Captain Jacks, Foresters, Foresters Cutoff.

The following is what I submitted:

I am the leader of a hiking group of over 400 members. The closures of many trails in the Bear Creek watershed will adversely affect our enjoyment of hiking in the Pikes Peak area. I think every effort should be made to determine ways to keep as many trails open as possible and to reroute trails that must be closed to protect the fish. I am concerned that closing too many trails will just encourage hikers to find other ways into the area, which may even do more harm to the fish.

Richard Breidenbach, Leader of Secular Hikers

2215 Cloverdale Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

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Time is of the essence,

Rich Breidenbach, Leader of Secular Hikers

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