View Full Version : Boulder Ranger District meeting

01-21-2014, 09:11 PM
Just got an email that says the next meeting has been moved to January 30th, no longer this week on January 23rd. So if you were planning on going on the 23rd, please go on the 30th instead. :thumb:

01-24-2014, 11:44 AM
FYI, there has been online conversation that the Boulder Ranger District may be permanently closing access to formerly open OHV routes which were damaged by the floods last fall.

Now is an especially important time to work towards keeping what little remaining OHV access remains within the BRD.

Please try to attend and lend support in numbers to show that interest in balanced mixed use remains high.


01-28-2014, 01:23 AM
can you tell me where the meeting will be? Will it be at the offices on 36 near the gun range?

01-28-2014, 06:49 AM
Yes, that's the place.

01-30-2014, 04:18 PM
Lindsey and I are gonna head that way in a little bit. Maybe the weather report will keep away all but the 4x4 users.

01-30-2014, 04:22 PM
Oh, crap I missed this, what time is it happening?

01-30-2014, 04:29 PM
The USFS office in North Boulder today at 5.

01-30-2014, 04:32 PM
N. Boulder is a maybe if I can split out early...

01-30-2014, 05:25 PM
see you there Keith. Lindsey knows it's not the most exciting thing to do right?

02-28-2014, 12:44 PM
Forest Service OHV meeting notes

Next meeting April 17th. We decided to skip a month due to the lack of active projects at the moment.

Jenny Creek: The FS is working on contracts for the reroute. The FS will do the actual tree cutting but a contractor will be moving the cut trees and creating the new portion of the road. Volunteer opportunities will include hauling hay bales and reseeding work to close the old route. They “hope” to be ready for volunteer work in August and September. They are still looking at possibly plowing some portion of the Rollins Pass road to facilitate getting the equipment in earlier in the season rather than waiting for the snow to melt.

Other Boulder Country FS roads:
Caribou, Kingston, Middle St Vrain – should open on regular schedule
Miller Rock – has some flood damage, needs further assessment
Park Creek (T33 crash site) – needs further assessment

Lefthand Canyon OHV area: still needs assessment. This website has further information : www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/flood2013 If you have specific questions or are interested in volunteer opportunities, contact the flood team at arpflood@fs.fed.us

The remainder of the meeting was a discussion of the Rollins Pass meeting that occurred earlier in the month. No new information came out tonight, it was a rehash of things from the earlier meeting. It was pointed out that very few letters and emails in support of opening the road have been received. Emails can be sent to: commissioners@bouldercounty.org

snail mail to
Boulder County Commissioners
PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306

02-28-2014, 12:58 PM

Thanks for going... sorry I missed it.

Was Cat there? did she mention that she got my email about us being on board with helping with the restoration efforts of the old route?

02-28-2014, 09:11 PM
I sent them an Email.

05-20-2014, 04:44 PM
The Boulder Ranger District had the flood recovery meeting last night. The turnout was pretty light – more rangers than guests. Actually it was good to meet more of the local rangers. A side note – Cat Luna has taken a new position and will be moving to New Mexico to work in the Carson National Forest near Taos. She will be at the OHV meeting on the 29th.

There were several maps available detailing roads that were damaged in the flood and which ones are scheduled for repair work this season. A point that was stressed was that the schedules are continually changing as the get better access and begin work. Some projects will be easier than expected, some will be more difficult and take longer.

Initially the Forest Service will be focusing on areas near Jamestown. The have secured funding to support a 10 person work crew that will be used exclusively for flood damage repair work. As the Jamestown area work is completed, they will move to other areas. The website has some specific lists of the roads needing work.


Here is the map:

There is also a shooting closure map:

The Flood recovery team is an additional 6 people within the FS that will be reviewing the conditions and needs of the roads throughout the BRD.

They have also secured the support of a dedicated helicopter to be used for fire support as needed this season. This was needed due to the number of backcountry roads that are not currently useable.

Some specific road conditions that are of interest to the OHV community:

Left Hand Canyon: will remain closed until they are able to complete a number of repairs and improvements to the area. They did stress that they are committed to reopening the area, just not until it is ready.

Gillespie Gulch: will never reopen, the road suffered significant damage from the flood and will be decommissioned.

Pierson Park: Will be closed until they can do a more extensive assessment of the damage. A significant land flow from Twin Sisters Peak sliced through the road and made it impassable.

There wasn’t any discussion yesterday about volunteer opportunities. It will likely come up at the next OHV meeting, I’ll keep you posted.

05-20-2014, 04:52 PM
Thanks Bruce.

I have to admit this feels a bit too opportunistic for the BRD to shut down more OHV trails. I am not insensitive to the flood damage and the impact it has had to the people that live there, but it shouldn't be an open invitation to give up on areas or use the flood damage as an excuse to decommission trails. We need more support from the community to make sure that doesn't happen. I'm guilty of taking things for granted, but we need to try and get the word out and try and drum up more support for helping the BRD get things done and repair the damage. What else can we do?