Chris Speer rides on a rugged road on Buffalo Pass while getting some encouragement from his dog, Nellie, at the top of a hill. The U.S. Forest Service is supporting a plan to add several miles of new trail on the mountain pass near Steamboat Springs.

Photo by Scott Franz

Chris Speer rides on a rugged road on Buffalo Pass while getting some encouragement from his dog, Nellie, at the top of a hill. The U.S. Forest Service is supporting a plan to add several miles of new trail on the mountain pass near Steamboat Springs.

Traily McTrailface? Forest Service invites public to name new Buffalo Pass trail

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— A city whose residents helped coin a name as quirky and memorable as the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge is going back to the public to help name a new mountain bike trail on Buffalo Pass.

And if you’re hoping something like Traily McTrailface prevails, be advised this naming contest has a higher bar to clear than some other naming contests when odd, out-of-the-box entries have made international headlines.

The U.S. Forest Service will be screening the suggested names and deciding which ones will be put out to a vote of the public later this summer.

Send your best name and a description of why it should stick forever on a trail to the Forest Service’s Kent Foster at kfoster@fs.fed.us.

Or you can hand deliver your suggestion to the Forest Service office at 925 Weiss Drive.

Names are due by May 1.

The Forest Service will announce finalists later this summer, and the public will vote for the winner between May 15 and June 16.

The voting will also serve as a fundraising opportunity for a new endowment fund that is raising money to help maintain and preserve area trails.

According to the Forest Service, voters will be able to vote for the name by making a donation online or vote in person at the local Forest Service Office.

Completed in the fall, the intermediate mountain bike trail has initially been dubbed Buffalo Billy’s.

It originates near Dry Lake campground and runs for about five miles.

The winning name will be unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony currently planned for June 23.

Steamboat Springs and the Forest Service are the latest organizations to turn to the public to help name something and generate buzz.

In one recent, memorable example, a former BBC Radio presenter pitched the name Boaty McBoatface for a new research ship in the United Kingdom.

While the name became the most popular choice online, the National Environment Research Council instead chose to name the ship RRS Sir David Attenborough.

A submarine on the ship was named Boaty McBoatface as a consolation prize.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

Comments

Scott Wedel 2 weeks, 6 days ago

So yet another example demonstrating that when government says they want public input that it is then clear from their rules that they don't want public input. Only names approved by government as appropriate will be put forward by the government as candidates.

The sad part of authoritarian governments is that most of the public accepts it without question.

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rhys jones 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Thanks for breaking the ice on this article, Scott, thence bumping it toward the top of the list. I will also use it as a platform to rail against the government, as I also hijack it for my own purposes: Syria. This rag won't print a story from another county, let alone country. And this is something worth squabbling about.

Who's buying the company line? You really think Syria gassed civilians? Knowing the response it would draw? There's no doubt the attack happened -- but who perpetrated it remains far from resolved, in my mind. I wouldn't put it past Donnie and The Fed to do it themselves, just to fuel yet another profitable war. It wouldn't be the first time The Fed set somebody up -- they're getting damn good at it.

How the Russians fit into the equation remains a mystery: Donnie's pals; several links have been established -- yet they back Syria, whom we just bombed in retaliation...

Fasten your seat belts, folks -- three months in, and the Trump Ride is just beginning!!

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rhys jones 2 weeks, 5 days ago

No comment? How 'bout, we gave the Russians an hour's heads-up before the strike. It's got to be true -- I saw it on FOX. Anybody wanna talk about it? It's outside the County, and therefore beyond this publication's jurisdiction -- but still an interesting yak... as our prez jeopardizes all, for whatever gains, only he knows... but he's got it worked out with the Russkies; it'll all be cool... what are a few innocent civilians along the way?

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