Originally Posted by caverdan
They have been counting private boats in Browns for years ......trying to justify the need for a permit system. Luckily...... in some key decision making years......we have had drought conditions. This has helped to keep boaters.....both private and commercial......from using the river as heavily as it has seen in the past and thus prolonging the implementation of said permit system.
Might this be another step to help justify a permit system for this stretch of river? just curious.
No. Again AHRA has committed to keeping Browns open to private boaters. They do have ration numbers in place, but they are extremely high and commercial companies have donated some of their ration numbers to assure we do not exceed private boater capacity in Browns Canyon. Again, the Arkansas River Travel Management Plan is up for review and this is the process used to make these kinds of decisions. Rather than speculate on Mountain Buzz about it inquire, attend a meeting and ask questions of the people who ultimately make the decisions.
If this was any other area of the state I would agree with much of what has been said, but the Browns Canyon area has been managed by the AHRA for well over a decade as a state park. From all the public information that has been released many promises have been made to continue to manage the area in accordance with past regulations.
Essentially the purpose is to draw additional tourism and prevent the possibility of future development in the area.
I withdraw my statement about being pleased with the proposed boundaries, I looked at the map too quickly. I thought the BLM boundary was the proposed monument boundary. There are mountain bike trails in section 11 of Udall's map and which I am adamant should not be closed.
Here is a Google Earth shot of the area in question. The yellow lines are the proposed boundaries while the white lines are mountain bike trails that will potentially be closed.
The yellow push-pin is the location of this trailhead marker showing the singletrack open to bikes.
Time to start talking with Friends of Fourmile to see if these trails can be included in their travel mangament plan. They are currently very lightly used because few people know about them....but this is not a good reason to close access to them.