Deep Creek info meeting on Thursday
American Rivers and the Middle Colorado River Watershed Council will host an informational community meeting Thursday regarding potential Wild & Scenic River designation for Deep Creek. The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs library.
Deep Creek, located in the southeast portion of the Flat Tops area, was found “suitable” for designation last year by both the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service for its unique scenic, geologic and ecological characteristics.
The session will be educational, to explain what wild & scenic designation is and isn’t, and what the local community’s role is if the designation goes forward, explained Ken Neubecker of American Rivers.
Deep Creek is considered one of the most spectacular and pristine canyon ecosystems in Colorado, Neubecker said. It also holds the largest cave complex in the Western U.S., including both the largest and longest caves in Colorado.
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