Leadville Ranger District announces Draft Decision Notice for Ski Cooper Way Back Pod Improvement Project

LEADVILLE, Colo., Feb. 7, 2019 – The Pike and San Isabel National Forest, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC), Leadville Ranger District announced today the release of the Draft Decision Notice for the Ski Cooper Way Back Pod Improvement Project, located north of the town of Leadville.

The Draft Decision Notice selects the Proposed Action Alternative, which would authorize various activities and improvements at the Ski Cooper ski area, including the installation of a new ski lift, removal of vegetation to develop new ski trails and maintenance access route, repositioning and reinstallation of the ski patrol headquarters building and the installation of a new vault toilet. The purpose of this project is to enhance the overall skiing experience within Ski Cooper’s current special use permit boundary while minimizing adverse effects on natural resources. Approximately 71 acres of new intermediate and advanced skiing terrain would be created as a result of this project.

Acting Leadville District Ranger, Max Forgensi, acknowledged the efforts of Leadville Ranger District employees who worked closely with several partners to arrive at this draft decision. “The results of this project are likely to have a long-lasting, positive effect on the Leadville community,” said Forgensi. “I appreciate the significant public interest as well as the hard work and dedication of all those involved in getting us to this milestone.”

The publishing of the Legal Notice in the Pueblo Chieftain on Feb. 7th, 2019 begins the official 45-day objection period. Objections will only be accepted from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project during scoping or other designated opportunities for public comment.

After the objection period, PSICC Forest Supervisor, Diana Trujillo, will consider any submitted objections and plans to provide the Final Decision in March 2019.

Specifics on the project can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53020

or https://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/psicc/landmanagement/projects.

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