Barrett Lake 4WD Trail Bridge Project IS/MND
The OHMVR Division proposes to award grant funds to the Eldorado National Forest for construction of a bridge on the Barrett Lake 4WD Trail and the re-route of the existing trail to connect with the bridge. A 45 to 50 foot long wood and steel bridge would be constructed to span the Jones Fork of Silver Creek, replacing the current wet creek crossing (where vehicles drive through the creek). Approximately 0.5 miles of new trail would be constructed to connect the bridge with the existing trail alignment.
In accordance with CEQA, OHMVR Division is soliciting comment on the adequacy and completeness of the IS/MND. The IS/MND is available for public review and comment through October 8, 2012.
Barrett Lake 4WD Trail Bridge Project IS/MND Documents: (Click on below link to download documents in PDF format).
Public Notice; 176 page full project description (File is over 9MB in size allow over 2 minutes plus to download)
IS/MND; 2 page Public notice of intent to adopt a mitigated negative declaration
The Hi-Landers 4Wheel Drive Club has worked with the Forest Service to manage and maintain the Barrett Lake Jeep Trail for over 30 years. This not only includes the yearly clearing of the trail to open it, but also includes trail and camp site maintenance, along with the closing of unauthorized "reroutes" and the constructing of authorized ones. About six years ago the Club started talking with the Forest Service about putting a bridge over Jones Creek. The sight for the bridge, chosen by input from the Hi-Landers and Forest Service, will eliminate not only the fording of Jones Creek but also one of its small tributaries. This fact and the fact that the trail is a multi-use trail, makes this bridge a project the Forest Service has continued to move forward on. To date the chosen location of the bridge has been reviewed and approved by archeologists and engineers for the Forest Service. The project is currently in the Bridge Design phase. The Bridge will be a steel structure approximately 40'-45' in length.
The plan has always been for the bridge itself to be funded by Green Sticker Funds. However, one of the recent changes in the management of Green Sticker Funds is that all projects require some private funding, at least 25%. The 25% funding includes volunteer labor for a project. We expect to provide volunteer labor for the trail reroute, to and from the bridge site and as much of the bridge installation itself as we can. However, we also wish to show our sincere interest in this project by providing monetary funding as well.
As 4 wheel drive enthusiasts we are sure you understand the importance of this project, and we are offering you an opportunity to be part of it, both monetarily and through volunteering your time. Please contact Frank Funk, Hi-Lander 4 Wheel Drive Club, Conservation Chairman at email@example.com concerning your contribution.