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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Public Comment Sought on Lake Pueblo's Plan for Trail Management

    FYI: Please comment on the Pueblo Lake Trails! See below

    Public Comment Sought on Lake Pueblo State Park’s Trails Management Plan

    PUEBLO, Colo. – The Lake Pueblo State Park Draft Trails Management Plan was released on Wednesday and park managers are seeking public comment on the draft plan.

    “Providing recreational opportunities that keep up with rising demands is one of the goals of Colorado State Parks,” said Brad Henley, assistant manager at Lake Pueblo State Park. “We want the public to comment on the plan, which would add additional trailheads and trails.

    “We want to ensure pedestrians, equestrians and mountain bikers have quality recreational opportunities at Lake Pueblo, but on a trail system that is sustainable,” said Henley.

    Copies of the Draft Lake Pueblo State Park Trails Management Plan and maps are available for review during normal business hours at the Lake Pueblo State Park Visitor Center, located on the south side of the reservoir, at 640 Pueblo Reservoir Road in Pueblo.

    The Draft Lake Pueblo State Park Trails Management Plan and maps are also available on Lake Pueblo State Park’s website and can be viewed by using the following link: http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/LakePueblo/Trails/

    Written public comments on the draft management plan are welcome and must be received by Jan. 30, 2009. Please send comments to: Attn: Brad Henley, Lake Pueblo State Park, 640 Pueblo Reservoir Rd., Pueblo, CO., 81005, or e-mail comments to lake.pueblo.park@state.co.us.

    Lake Pueblo State Park will host an open house from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 at the visitor center to gather final public input. Trail maps will be on display and park staff will be available to answer questions and provide additional information. Written comments will be accepted during the meeting.

    All written comments will be reviewed. All comments will be grouped by issue and a single response will be prepared for each substantive issue. All comments and responses will be released as an appendix to final management plan.

    Attracting more than 11 million visitors per year, Colorado's 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado's economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 242,531 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,000 campsites, 57 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.colorado.gov/parks.

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    Only thing about the plan that might cause problems is the introduction of commercial equestrian operations. Here in Colorado Springs, commercial operations have caused HUGE problems with trails. I have no problem with private equestrians, however.

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    To everyone that was involved in getting Peublo to it's current state, you have to feel good reading this section of the management plan.

    The stacked looped trail system developed in the last 20 years at Lake Pueblo State Park is a valuable asset to Colorado State Parks. Developed and maintained by past managers and volunteer advocacy groups, the value of the current single track trail system (over $100,000) outweighs the expenses State Parks has incurred for their development. The trails are signed and maintained by advocacy organizations that show exemplary stewardship to Lake Pueblo State Park.

    The advocacy groups have given thousands of hours of labor in maintaining and constructing the trail system at the park. The groups have also been responsible for developing and producing schematic maps of the north and south shore trails and making them available at the visitor center and kiosks within the park.

    Lake Pueblo State Park should continue with its relationship with advocacy partnerships and pursue grant moneys to facilitate their efforts in diversifying the recreational opportunities available in Colorado. Grant moneys could be used for maintenance, structure reconstruction, installation of additional trailheads, sign replacement costs, proposed new trail design and construction, map production, volunteer work days, web marketing, and a new fee structure costs.
    Nice work, and thanks again!

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    Thanks to Ozzie for his perseverance with this project. Without his constant pursuit of shared trail use, the trails at Lake Pueblo State Park would not be what they are today.

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