U.S. Forest Service To Implement Temporary Trail Closure In Bear Creek Watershed Monday

Release Date: Dec 7, 2012  

Contact(s): Oscar Martinez


 

NEWS RELEASE

 

USDAForestService
Rocky Mountain Region
Pike & San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands
Forest Supervisors Office
2840 Kachina Dr.
Pueblo, CO 81008

 Contact: Oscar Martinez, Ecosystem Staff Officer, 719-553-1400

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Dec. 7,  2012 – The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Pike National Forest – Pikes Peak Ranger District is temporarily prohibiting motorized vehicles on USFS trails within the Bear Creek Watershed in El Paso County. The Order will go into effect on Monday, December 10 and remain closed until the conditions of the Settlement Agreement are met.

The following National Forest System Trails (NFST) are restricted:

  • NFST 665 in its entirety
  • NFST 667 from its junction with High Drive to its junction with NFST 701
  • NFST 668 in its entirety
  • NFST 701 in its entirety
  • NFST 720 from its junction with NFST 701 to its junction with NFST 668

The Order is issued according to the terms of a Stipulated Settlement Agreement between the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and the USFS entered in U.S. District Court. The CBD filed a lawsuit on September 17, 2012 citing violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) related to authorization of existing Off Road Vehicle (OHV) trails within the Bear Creek Watershed.

The public may continue to enjoy access to the area through the non-motorized trails, which remain open. In addition, miles of motorized trails are available for recreational use throughout the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC).

For further information, call the Pikes Peak Ranger District office at 719-636-1602, or access the PSICC webpage at http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/psicc/. Navigate to “Alerts and Warnings” to read Order 12-21 and view a map of the closure area: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/psicc/alerts-notices/?aid=15778.

Violators of this prohibition are punishable as a class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations or by imprisonment of not more than (6) months or both. 

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