The DiIlon Ranger District of the White River National Forest is inviting public comment as part of an environmental analysis process.The comment period, which closes Oct. 26 will evaluate the anticipated effects from proposed reconstruction and designation of several trails, in addition to closure and rehabilitation of several roads in the area known as the Golden Horseshoe, east of the town of Breckenridge, and in the Swan River drainage. "The Swan River watershed was selected as one of four priority watersheds in the White River National Forest," says Corey Lewellen, Dillon District fisheries biologist. The intent of selecting this priority watershed is to achieve collaboration with the multiple resources that the White River National Forest is responsible for managing. The overarching goal is to achieve significant landscape benefits to the entire watershed. The focus is better management in all resource areas such as water quality and recreation. "As a result of this new effort, the public should expect to see increased notifications and public comment opportunities in regard to the different management activities that would occur in the Swan River watershed," Lewellen said. "The French Gulch watershed is also included in this new watershed planning effort due to the overlapping recreation activities between the two watersheds."
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