A mountain biker makes her way up Emerald Mountain two summers ago. This week, the Bureau of Land Management and the city of Steamboat Springs host meetings to discuss Emerald Mountain's recreational uses.
If you go
Emerald Mountain special recreation management area plan kickoff meetings
- 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday
Bureau of Land Management, 455 Emerson St., Craig
- 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday
Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd., Oak Creek
- 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday
Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
For more information, call Gina Robinson at 826-5083 or Craig Robinson at 879-4300
Steamboat Springs The public will have an opportunity this week to weigh in on the continuing evolution of Emerald Mountain's recreational uses.
The Bureau of Land Management and the city of Steamboat Springs are hosting three meetings to discuss the specifics of recreation management on the property, a 4,139-acre parcel west of the city and east of Routt County Road 45, also known as Cow Creek Road. The land became public last year through a land exchange with the Colorado State Land Board.
"The next step is to develop specifics for managing Emerald Mountain," said John Husband, field manager for the BLM's Little Snake Field Office. "We need to identify what's appropriate in terms of recreational facilities, amenities and other details associated with management of the property."
Craig Robinson, the city's open space supervisor, said this week's meetings in Craig, Steamboat and Oak Creek will be identical.
"We're just holding the same meeting so as many people as possible can attend," he said.
Gina Robinson, the BLM's outdoor recreation planner, said the meetings are geared toward specifics because the property's recreational uses already have been defined.
"We want to clarify the implementation plan we have in effect for it," she said. "We haven't really gone in to the details of it, so that's what we're looking for."
Emerald Mountain is currently zoned for two types of nonmotorized recreation. Zone 1 is for mountain biking, Nordic skiing and other strenuous activities, and Zone 2 is for wildlife viewing, hiking, hunting, horseback riding and walking.
Gina Robinson said the BLM is interested in what recreational facilities - such as interpretive panels, kiosks, picnic tables and restrooms - the public wants to see on Emerald Mountain. The public also will be able to weigh in on rules and regulations for the property, as well as possible adjustments to the zone boundaries.
"Whatever recreation facilities the public would like to see and the BLM can maintain would be advantageous to the city," Craig Robinson said.
Craig Robinson said the city and BLM also hope to develop a "friends group" to provide for the ongoing maintenance of the property.