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Flavell: Tread lightly on Tenderfoot Mountain

For many years, I’ve walked my pooch along the peaceful path that winds through wildflowers and soul-soothing views, known as the Tenderfoot Trail. Tonight my heart grows heavy with the realization that construction of 21 miles of dirt bike/ATV trails behind the Tenderfoot Trail, on Tenderfoot Mountain, is to commence in the coming days. While I can tolerate the buzz of motors and my walks in the woods will continue, my concern is for the effects on the elk herd that make Tenderfoot Mountain its home as well as the general destruction of forest that is inevitable.

My husband and son have enjoyed many years of dirt-biking in many different places in Colorado and we know that there is constant conflict between human use and wildlife protection whenever recreational paths are proposed. While toys with motors aren’t my thing, I can respect those who enjoy them and so … I humbly and respectfully ask all those who are planning on using the Tenderfoot Mountain trails to please, as far as possible, leave no trace, keep a respectful distance from animals, appreciate the amazing gift we have in Tenderfoot Mountain — it’s a special place.

We have to protect what we cherish.

Or it really will disappear…

Shelley Flavell


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