WHAT ARE the EXPERTS SAYING?
Colorado Game Warden: recreation/human impacts on wildlife
Audio clip from: MeatEater Podcast - Episode 121 - A Man of the Law
“The large sphere of disturbance by riders using extreme terrain deeper and deeper into prime habitat is nearly as destructive as building sub-divisions on thousands of acres. Elk, disturbed by the relentless intrusion by riders, will abandon good habitat and be forced into less suitable land. The result will likely be even deeper reductions of the elk populations. I regret voting for 2A now because the initiative has been hijacked and no longer serves what ordinary riders expected close to town.”
-Mike Middleton | District Wildlife Manager (Steamboat Springs 1981 - 2013)
“This proposed trail system for extreme mountain biking is extensive and intensive by nature of the user, effectively extending the city into National Forest. It is to forest wildlife as it would be to humans raising our babies next to a high speed train track. There are so many better options to consider - let's do it together!”
- Kim Vogel | Retired Routt National Forest Lands Manager (Local District Ranger)