By Morgan Anderson, Stewardship Team
Badger Flats — an area just outside of Lake George, Colorado — sees a lot of ATV, side-by-side, and dirt bike use. It’s also a popular place for camping and hiking. In the last couple years, this area has grown in popularity because of surrounding wildfires, like Hayman and Waldo, pushing weekenders into this region. As a result, the terrain has seen the development of more than 200 miles of user-created and illegal routes.
The Colorado Mountain Club has partnered with other nonprofits and the South Park Ranger District for the last three years to mitigate the user impact of this area. To ensure human impacts are diminished, we’ve created post-and-cable fencing, installed barbed-wire fencing, performed decompaction of soil, seeded roads, and placed informational signage.
Getting the opportunity to work alongside different user groups (motorized and nonmotorized recreationists) gives a new perspective on individuals willing to give back to their public lands. Public lands have given our communities countless new opportunities and priceless experiences to escape our city landscapes and enjoy the outdoors in the many different ways we choose.
Just this past week, the Colorado Mountain Club’s Stewardship Team worked alongside the Forest Service and volunteers to continue restoring the Badger Flats area. Crews successfully closed four illegal roads with the installation of 820 feet of post-and-cable fencing.
This coming weekend, on July 30, they will continue their work with another volunteer day. We welcome all who are interested to join in and help preserve Badger Flats and restore this critical area for wildlife. The worksite is easily accessible for Front Range residents and all are encouraged to invite friends and experience giving back to their public lands. A free lunch and CMC T-shirts will be provided for all who join.
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