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Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) - Proposed Teo Drainage & Summer Use Improvements #46904

Commenting on This Project

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Crested Butte Mountain Resort Ski Area Projects, which is now available for review and comment.

The Proposed Action includes the following elements: adjustment of the Special Use Permit (SUP) boundary by approximately 500 acres to encompass the Teo Drainage area; installation of two new chairlifts (Teo Park chairlift and Teo Drainage chairlift), and replacement and realignment of one existing chairlift (North Face chairlift); development of additional ski terrain, including developed ski trails and glades, in the Teo Park and Teo Drainage areas; expansion of ski patrol operations and construction of a ski patrol/warming building; terrain access improvements in areas of existing terrain; installation of 32 acres of new snowmaking coverage; and construction of approximately 15 miles of additional mountain biking trails. Specific components of the Proposed Action are described in greater detail in Chapter 2 of the DEIS.

A significant Forest-wide amendment to the GMUG 1991 Amended Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) is also proposed to adjust Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s SUP boundary. The SUP boundary would be increased by approximately 500 acres to encompass the Teo Drainage area. While the overall goals and objectives of the Proposed Action were determined to be consistent with the Forest Plan, the proposed boundary adjustment would require converting areas identified as Management Area 2A – Semi-primitive Motorized Recreation and 6B – Livestock Grazing, Maintain Forage Composition, to 1B – Downhill Skiing and Winter Sports. This Forest Plan amendment is described in greater detail in Appendix B of the DEIS.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Notice of Availability (NOA) for the DEIS in the Federal Register is expected February 9, 2018. Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 90 days following the publication of the NOA or until May 10, 2018. The publication date of the NOA in the Federal Register is the exclusive means for calculating the length of the comment period for a proposed project documented in a DEIS. Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. Comments may be made on the Proposed Action, proposed Forest Plan amendment, or both.

To be most effective when submitting comments, please include: (1) name, address, email address, and organization represented, if any; (2) the title of the project for which the comment is being submitted; and (3) specific facts, concerns or issues, and supporting reasons for the Responsible Official to consider.

The Forest Service values public participation. Comments, including anonymous comments, will be accepted at any time. However, comments posted after the close of a designated comment period may not be able to be given full consideration. Anonymous comments and comments submitted after the close of the final designated comment period will not provide the commenter objection eligibility. Comments received, including the names and addresses of those who comment, will become part of the public record for this project and will be subject to review pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.

Submitting Comments

If you wish to submit a comment, please send it to:

Aaron Drendel
Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest All Units
216 N. Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230
adrendel@fs.fed.us