Rocky Mountain Chapter

Urgent! Comment now on Eldora ski expansion

By Bill Ikler, Wilderness Chair
Sierra Club Indian Peaks Group

Moose in Water
Moose and other wildlife in Middle Boulder Creek
would be negatively impacted by expansion
of ski area

Photo by Donna Burbank
PRG SR Take Action btn 270

Your attention is needed immediately on the proposed expansion of the Eldora Ski Area. The proposal would expand the areafor skiing beyond its current boundaries, which will impact the Middle Boulder Creek wildlife corridor and riparian area. The planned expansion will also impact visitors to the Indian Peaks Wilderness and the Jenny Creek Access trail.

The U.S. Forest Service has issued its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and is accepting comments from the public until April 14. This is the final and most critical time to comment on the proposed expansion.

The proposed expansion of ski lifts and ski runs down to Middle Boulder Creek will degrade an undisturbed wildlife movement corridor and would fragment good habitat for lynx, marten, goshawk, and other species needing a continuous forest.

The sights and sounds of ski lifts, snowmaking, and downhill skiers will impact backcountry users entering the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area on the north side of the ski area, and ski runs will cross the popular Jenny Creek Forest Access Trail four times on the south side. There is also concern that this expansion, if approved, could pave the way for future expansions.

The Forest Service will decide whether the expansion is approved or rejected. It is essential that they hear from those of us who are concerned about the impacts that the expansion will have on the environment and backcountry users. The deadline for comments is April 14, so please TAKE ACTION now!

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