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Keep Routt Wild has obtained photos taken by US Forest Service game cameras through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Taken in 2015, these photographs show who called this place their home before we built the Flash of Gold trail through their habitat. Sadly, the photos indicate that the Buffalo Pass NEPA process chose the wrong trail closure date on Flash of Gold, as this was an active elk calving ground in late June. Here are the original inhabitants. Here are the Elk of Flash of Gold.
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Researchers have only recently found the longest large mammal migration in the continental United States: Mule deer migrate 150 miles (241 kilometers) in western Wyoming each year. And it's no easy task for them-barriers include highways, fences, tough terrain, and bodies of water.
“Newly formed group advocates to slow trail building in Routt National Forest to protect wildlife”
This story discusses trail building initiatives funded by revenue from Steamboat's accommodations tax, which is frequently called the 2A tax after the 2013 ballot initiative that designated the funds to be used to build trails in the Steamboat Springs area. The accommodations tax is different from the 2A commercial air program sales tax, which voters will find on their ballots in November.
The Economic Contributions of Outdoor Recreation in Colorado
This study, conducted by Southwick Associates for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, quantifies the economic contribution of outdoor recreation in Colorado and 7 regions within the state. Outdoor recreation constitutes a substantial part of the Colorado economy. The total economic output associated with outdoor recreation amounts to $34.5 billion dollars, contributing $19.9 billion dollars to the Gross Domestic Product of the state. This economic activity supports over 313,000 jobs in the state, which represents 13.2% of the entire labor force in Colorado and produces $12.4 billion dollars in salaries and wages. In addition, this output contributes $4.9 billion dollars in local, state and federal tax revenue.