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Old 11-12-2012, 04:37 PM   #1
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Rampart Range becoming a wilderness area?

Somebody posted this on Medicine Wheel's FB page. Anyone know anything about it? Seems like pie in the sky looney tunes stuff, but thought folks here would like to know.

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Hi Med Wheel, I wanted to alert you (just in case you have not) of a local CO group efforts to create a wilderness area in the Rampart Range, west of Palmer Lake and Castle Rock, CO.

http://www.cmc.org/rera/Index.html

Some of my mountain bike and land conservation colleagues have been discussing with the group via facebook about the pros and cons of wilderness and the potential positive economic and well-being effects that a recreation area designation might bring versus wilderness. I see room for compromise and the potential for a local grassroots effort with representatives from both sides of the coin.

Thanks -Kevin League


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Old 11-12-2012, 04:45 PM   #2
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:53 PM   #3
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Seems a few articulate post's here from folks with more knowledge about the area than me wouldn't go amiss.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rampar...72964769399699
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:30 PM   #4
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ummm no...what so they then can expand the area later on!!! Why on Earth even make that 'Wilderness'!!! What would that do, how would that benefit anyone?

Um, the boundaries I see are using old roads (I hiked part of some of them) and the Northwestern part of their boundary is what you take to go to the WWII Plane crash...um no thank you and I will not obey it.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:58 PM   #5
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Here is a thread from a mountain biking forum I am on. I'm trying to stir the pot a bit over there.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:44 AM   #6
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Here is a thread from a mountain biking forum I am on. I'm trying to stir the pot a bit over there.
Hey thanks, I'll use their letter to show people as a point at the meeting tonight for CMTRA in what they are trying to do.

I like how it says "...have a Wilderness designation cover as much of the area as possible." So they want the whole Rampart East Road-less area to be Wilderness ideally.

I like how someone said they have no problems finding quit areas. That is so true. All the times I've ridden out to the end of a lot of roads in Rampart Range no one is around and its peaceful...LOL These people must have a hard time looking for quit areas, no shortage of areas.

This group is also against a proposed single track from Rainbow Falls East to FR327 and loops back to Rainbow Falls. Their response is simple, keep it to the West of Rampart Range Rd.

I also like how someone also pointed out if you keep restricting areas then you ASK for people to poach areas to ride. So true....
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:42 PM   #7
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Here is a thread from a mountain biking forum I am on. I'm trying to stir the pot a bit over there.
I don't know dude that group looks like a Surly bunch.
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Here is the Roadless area they would like to be as much as possible 'Wilderness'

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Old 11-14-2012, 01:02 PM   #9
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I also like how someone also pointed out if you keep restricting areas then you ASK for people to poach areas to ride. So true....
I posted that!
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:22 PM   #10
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Then there's this:

More than 100 outdoor-recreation companies Tuesday formally petitioned President Barack Obama to designate a national monument surrounding Canyonlands National Park near Moab, a major tourist hub for everything from mountain biking to navigating the area's famous slot canyons....

....Other groups from the Sierra Club to Great Old Broads for Wilderness complained to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in 2011 about "rampant off-road-vehicle abuse, proposed uranium and tar sand mining, and oil and gas development" in Utah's canyon country.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/1...#ixzz2CFYoNAEt
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