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Letter: Keep Sutey Ranch for hiking and horseback riding

The Sutey Ranch Homestead is 557 acres of gentle land located on County Road 112, Crystal Springs Road, and is bordered by neighboring properties with families, children and horses. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) acquired the private Sutey Ranch in the Wexner land exchange in 2014. They are now deciding its future. Currently, only hikers and horseback riders have shared the land with 90 years of historic homestead ranching and the wildlife.

Sutey Ranch sits below the BLM’s Red Hill SRMA for mountain bikes. The BLM is being pressured to add this historic quiet place to Red Hill SRMA with more mountain bike trails leading from Red Hill through Sutey Ranch to County Road 112.

The moderate terrain of Sutey Ranch and Fischer Creek may be the last of BLM public lands in the Roaring Fork Valley, where families, children and older trail partners can enjoy trails without mountain bike surprises.

Mountain bikes currently have 9,100 acres of the Crown SRMA, 3,100 acres of Red Hill SRMA, 2,500 acres on Sky Mountain Park and, recently, they have secured 220 acres of private land for a 5-mile, mountain bike park surrounded by USFS National Forest in Coal Basin. USFS, CPW, hikers and horseback riders are very concerned about bandit trails trespass.   

If you want help save Sutey Ranch with special protections for the wildlife and keep this unique, quiet and peaceful property for hiking and horseback riding only, then write a letter to:

blm_co_sutey_haines_rmpa@blm.gov  or mailed to:

BLM, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652, Attn: Sutey/Haines Management Plan. Make the letter Gloria Tibbetts – Acting Field Officer

Request Alternative #2 with equestrian emphasis, with hikers and with special protections for the wildlife and critical winter range closure to all human intrusion.

The BLM must receive comments by Nov. 5, 2018.

Holly McLain

Carbondale


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