Forest Service Update
The Forest Service has recently rehabilitated, seeded, and placed erosion control matting on both the Paulie’s Sister and Oso trails. In 2011, the White River National Forest established its official trails system via the Travel Management Plan, which sought to balance human use with other important resources such as soil and wildlife. Paulie’s Sister and Oso were not a part of this system and were slated for rehabilitation. Additionally, the implementation of this work was identified in the environmental analyses for the EagleVail Trail and Everkrisp Trail construction in recent years.
The purpose of the rehabilitation is to reestablish vegetation along these trail corridors which will help to reduce soil erosion and restore more natural conditions. The area also provides valuable habitat for area wildlife, which can be negatively impacted by habitat fragmentation and human use. Rehabilitating these trails will help to reduce impacts to wildlife.
Please stay out of these areas and use the open trails that surround our community, such as the EagleVail Trail, Stone Creek/Paulie’s Plunge, Everkrisp (opening July 12), and the many others nearby. Thank you for helping to protect our local resources! If you have questions, please contact Mike Beach, USFS Wilderness and Trails Manager, at 970-827-5162.