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JACKSON  MOUNTAIN LANDSCAPE PROJECT OPEN HOUSES ANNOUNCED!

Important dates for those of you who are interested in learning more about the Jackson Mountain Landscape project:

Virtual Meeting Open House:
Tuesday, April 19 at 5:30pm. 
Link: https://go.usa.gov/xugBR.  You can join using an email account or “as a guest”.
For call in: (970)812-0909, ID 142111347#

In-person Open House:
Thursday, April 21 at 5:00pm at the Ross Aragon Community Center (451 Hot Springs Blvd), in the South Conference Room. 

From the Sun: 
“The Pagosa Ranger District will host two open houses in April to invite the public to partcipate in a collaborative landscape-level review of the Jackson Mountain area. The tentative area of focus surrounds Jackson Mountain, approximately 5 miles north of Pagosa Springs.
The purpose of the review is to determine what opportunities exist to address a variety of resource needs consistent with the San Juan National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan with the ulitmate goal of improving forest health while providing sustainable recreation benefits. The open houses will be the first of many opportunities for the public to provide input.”

Thank you for your support!

USFS Press Release

 

 

DUST2 – Winterfest Penguin Plunge

It’s that time of year! Time to jump in the freezing cold river to raise money to help cover operating costs of Dust2. Six of our high school racers will be jumping in this year, so please consider donating to the cause. Cedar, Ethan, Bradley, Tucker, Riley and Hadley will all be jumping in, so find one of them and pledge some money before the 22nd of January.

Jackson Mountain Announcement

JACKSON MOUNTAIN ANNOUNCEMENT

We’ve been busy in 2020 with a vision for trails on Jackson Mountain.

 
Around 20 years ago, a system of user-created trails began to evolve on Jackson Mountain, a roughly 20 square mile parcel of National Forest situated east of the small Colorado mountain town, Pagosa Springs. These trails, used primarily by mountain bikers, connected existing logging roads in a network that lacks proper planning or adherence to sustainable trail design. Additionally, the trails do not have authorization from the Forest Service (FS) and as such have become a point of contention between the FS and mountain bikers as they gain in use and popularity. DUST2 advocates for and observes sustainable trail development following the legal process, and it is because of this that DUST2 began advocating for the Jackson Mountain trail system’s official recognition by the Forest Service.
After two years of advocacy, education, meetings and fundraising, we received significant support from the town, county, and other entities for the potential development of a Jackson Mountain trail system. As a first step, DUST2 decided to raise funds to help the FS pay for the analysis that would be required to evaluate the possibility of designating a trail system, should the FS agree to take on the project.
In March, it came to DUST2’s attention that the San Juan National Forest had selected the Jackson Mountain area to be part of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLR).  This collaborative program provides an opportunity for organizations, partners, and other stakeholders to work with the FS on large-scale restoration efforts.  The FS also informed us that consideration of a mountain bike trail system would be included in the CLFR analysis.
 
By May of 2021, DUST2 had raised funds for the Forest Service to undertake the required analysis of developing a trail system on Jackson Mountain.  After recent discussions with the Forest Service, however, it became apparent that rather than paying for the analysis itself, the funds we generated would be better spent hiring a professional trail plan and design firm to provide consultation and assistance with trail design and layout.  DUST2 solicited bids from professional design firms and contractors to assist in identifying sustainable and fun trail corridors to be included in the Jackson Mountain CFLR project/analysis.  Because of their expert understanding of the NEPA process and their extensive experience working directly with multiple agencies, organizations, and other stakeholders to develop trail networks to address potential concerns and minimize unwanted impacts, DUST2 chose the International Mountain Bike Association Trail Solutions team.
If approved, the proposed Jackson Mountain trail system will be the first trail system that can be reached from downtown Pagosa that offers technical and advanced riding opportunities which our current trail networks lack (in addition to trails suitable for all skill levels). Not only this, but the proposed Jackson Mountain trails will have the potential to connect with our existing trail systems in and around Pagosa Springs, providing miles of diverse riding opportunities for both locals and visitors to our town.  We are grateful for all the support we have received to date and to the Forest Service for helping us navigate the often-complicated processes associated with moving a proposal such as this forward.  And while it is just a proposal at this point and outcomes are never guaranteed when it comes to environmental planning and analyses, we are thrilled to have gotten this far.  Stay tuned!