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Four Mile Bridge Open Space closed to public

DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT

SUMMIT COUNTY – The restored section of the Blue River and its banks known as the Four Mile Bridge Open Space is being closed to all public uses through this summer.The section is well known to paved rec path users who have watched crews clear out dredge boat tailings and reform the landscape around the river.The 23-acre property is four miles north of Breckenridge, on the west side of Highway 9, across from the Tiger Run RV Park.The closing is ordered by the Summit County Open Space and Trails Department.This property, which historically had been mined by dredge boats, is being restored to a natural stream corridor for the Blue River to enhance habitat, improve the Highway 9 view corridor and provide quality public fishing opportunities. The new channel for the Blue River was designed using bioengineering techniques with substantial plantings, rather than installing huge boulders in the river.Since last fall, more than 4,000 willows have been planted and the property has been seeded. “The Open Space and Trails Department regrets having to close this property for 2005, but this closure is essential to avoid trampling of the stream banks, newly created wetlands and newly seeded uplands,” said Brian Lorch, Open Space and Trails senior resource specialist.”This summer growing season is a critical final step of the multiyear restoration project,” he added. “Willow and grass growth is critical to the long-term habitat improvements and to future enjoyment by the public.” Signs are posted along the rec path and on all property lines to inform the public of the property closure. All public access off the rec path is prohibited.The restoration work is funded through grants from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment/Non-Point Source Program and the Colorado Division of Wildlife/Fishing is Fun Program.For information, call Lorch at (970) 668-4067, or e-mail brianl@co.summit.co.us.


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