Kent McGrew: More sunshine on Tenderfoot project |

Kent McGrew: More sunshine on Tenderfoot project

Kent McGrew, SCORR Vice Chairman

Re. Jay Weinstein’s letter Feb. 12: I hope this exchange is useful to SDN readers. I believe in the honesty and dignity of our local, state and federal land management resources. Otherwise I would not spend two years working with them on this project. We do not agree with contention that any of us wanted to keep this project behind “closed doors, with no sunshine” or “to keep this expansion plan in the closet.”

– 2006, the five-year county master plan included the necessary routes for this project as motorized.

– Early 2007, SCORR commented that the USFS draft TMP did not have enough motorized trails, especially single track. Only a couple of negative comments received regarding continued motorized use of Tenderfoot.

– Summer 2007, SCORR met with USFS and State to discuss single track riding opportunities and learned that USFS was targeting only three potential areas (Elliott Ridge, Tenderfoot and Golden Horseshoe).

– Fall 2007, SCORR met with USFS, county and Breckenridge to discuss where to focus our trail efforts. Tenderfoot design was the recommended direction.

– Spring 2008, notified a number of groups including Dillon and got written grant support from Summit County, USFS, FDRD and a number of other user groups.

– Rest of 2008, public state grant process for design.

The Tenderfoot trail design has always been contingent on USFS approval and will follow the proper environmental analysis and public comment process called NEPA. Our construction grant submitted fall 2008 is contingent on design approval. We are not interested in riding or developing trails in proximity to houses. I would like to be much farther away and less noisy than Highway 6.

Same as last week, this is still not a taxpayer funded project!

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