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    Bobcat Ridge Public Meeting

    The City of Fort Collins is having a public meeting about the new Bobcat Ridge Open Space. This is near Masonville.

    Wednesday, November 17th
    6-8p
    City of FC Natural Resources
    281 N. College Ave.
    Conference Room C&D

    See you guys there.

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    This could be an opportunity to get in on the ground floor for the Mt High Trail Association. On the web site there is no mention of usage. The acreage seems comparable to Devil's Backbone, but I'm not familiar with the area and it's terrain. Perhaps this is out near Rabbit Mountain, though not that far south?

    I won't be able to attend as I have class. I get the word out though to some of the other members.

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    I know some of you attended, so how about some follow up ?
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    I wasn't there, but I talked to Dave R. and Bill J. this morning. They said it looks like the usage is pretty much determined already, but it will be multi-use. Dave noted that they expect this land to surpass Horsetooth in the amount and frequency of off-road cycling. That's encouraging. Also, most of the hikers surveyed preferred or requested single use trails, so they may separate out the usage.

    The land area is big and parts of it butt up against National Forest land. While they were not open to new trails on that land (USFS), Bill knew some folks that live near there who commented that were were many existing trails already. As far as I know, if it exists on National land, it's open for riding. Of course, that's if they were built legally to begin with. Dave seems to think that this National forest extends as far as Crosier Mtn.

    All in all, it sounds very promising! It should be noted though, that this area is not Larimer Open Space, but City of Ft. Collins land. It's likely to have a fee associated with it's use, but for good trails, who cares? We will need to work with the land managers of the City on this project and not Meegan and her staff. I'm trying to find us a contact for that.

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    Yup. Got the low-down from Larry & El Beastro this morning.
    Please let me know when you have that FCO contact & I'll touch base.
    I'll also be touching base with Greg at Lory shortly.
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    Future mailings...

    Hopefully the City will be mailing us additional info and/or future invites to public meetings regarding Bobcat Ridge since those of us in attendance last night signed up with our mailing addresses. I'll keep the MTBR community alerted to whatever notices I get so we can plan a little bit ahead to attend future meetings the City opens to the public.

    It's been my experience in the past that the City really only listens to those that complain, err ahh, I mean vocalize their opinions the most. Typically there is always an active group of older hikers that attend city planning meetings and thus, hikers get their opinions heard more often. We really need to show up and voice our opinions when we get the opportunity.

    BTW...the City has already decided there will be no dogs allowed on the property. As far as I can tell, they are taking this stance because it's been a standard for other City property.

    Thanks go out to Greg from Diamond Peaks for alerting us on the Bobcat Ridge Open House last night.

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    For those who attended....

    Did anyone write down on a comment card or have a conversation with the City reps who were there regarding the fact that we'd all like access to the property 24 hours a day? This property will be awesome for night riding.

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    I'm really suprised this hasn't generated more buzz...I mean this is a major land aquisition and with trails going in at Devil's Backbone/Rimrock/Indian Creek, there will be a lot of places to ride in 2006! This is pretty exciting and could make the Ft. Collins area a major destination for mt bikers. I see a Festival in our future...

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