An Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Decision Notice analyzing the implementation of projects contained in the Hunter Creek-Smuggler Mountain Cooperative Plan (Hunter-Smuggler Plan) has been completed and is available for your review. There will be no further comment period on this project, but individuals who submitted timely and specific written comments during the prior scoping period (March 28 to May 11, 2013) will have eligibility to file an objection under 36 CFR §218.8. Objections to the documents must be received within 45 days of the publication of a notice of availability in the Aspen Times.
The White River National Forest, Aspen-Sopris Ranger District, is preparing an environmental assessment (EA) for a proposal submitted by the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, City of Aspen and Pitkin County to implement proposed projects outlined in the Hunter Creek-Smuggler Mountain Cooperative Plan (Hunter-Smuggler Plan). The Proposed Action includes a range of projects to be dispersed throughout the project area, which is 4,681 acres of National Forest System land adjacent to Smuggler Mountain Open Space and private property. The projects range in location and purpose in order to address a variety of needs within the project area. The Proposed Action includes the following project groups: 1) Recreation Trail Improvements, Management and Maintenance; 2) Forest Health and Wildlife Habitat Improvements and Management; 3) Smuggler Mountain Road (County Road 21) Improvements and Maintenance; and 4) Outdoor Education. For details on particular projects please refer to the Project Overview page, the Notice of Proposed Action, and the Final Hunter-Smuggler Cooperative Plan.