Recreation

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WW has worked for years for a more appropriately scaled road and motorized trail network on the White River National Forest. Photo courtesy of Richard Compton.

WW advocates for responsible, well-regulated recreation on our local public lands.

We don’t represent any recreational user group and we take no position about the merits of different recreational activities. We’re mindful that all forms of recreation have impacts to varying degrees, and we look to science to be the basis for decision-making on where, when and how they should occur. Our goal is to see that ecological considerations are fairly weighed against recreational ones.

On the White River National Forest, many of the thorniest recreation issues have been settled, for the time being anyway, with the finalization of the Forest’s travel management plan in 2011. WW played a patient, 15-year game of chess to ensure that the plan eliminated many miles of bandit trails and unnecessary motorized routes, resulting in a more sustainable, fiscally conservative, wildlife- and watershed-friendly travel network.

Here are the main things we’re working on now:

Sloane Peak
We’re convening a collaborative effort with recreational user groups to protect this backcountry area north of Woody Creek for its recreational as well as its ecological values. More…

Hunter Creek-Smuggler Mountain
We’re participating in this Forest Service-led planning process to ensure ecologically sensitive recreation development and vegetation management. More…

Other recreational hot spots
Recreation is an important contributor to our local economy, but it must be planned responsibly. We’re helping ensure that places like the Crown, Thompson Creek and Hay Park aren’t loved to death. More…