g wrote:coloradokevin wrote:But, the USFS can keep the Mt. Goliath building and the little gardens around it... that has little to do with wilderness, and I never asked for that development. A road and a trailhead is all I'll require, thanks
I'm so confused -- I thought Denver Botanical Gardens ran Mt. Goliath.
I guess the USFS commandeered that too. At any rate, that site says paying the USFS fee is required, even if you've already paid for a Denver Botanic Gardens membership. What a racket!
You are correct sir, Denver Botanic Gardens designed and installed the alpine gardens. They have volunteers up at the nature center weekly if I remember correctly. The Forest Service hasn't "commandeered" it - they have not altered it's state, and they mostly spend their time keeping young visitors and adults alike from trampling the alpine plants. You do not need a Denver Botanic Gardens membership to enjoy the gardens (although maybe an agreement hasn't been worked out to allow DBG members free parking? something that should be organized if it doesn't already exist - I agree).
Oh, and I believe the nature center structure was built with donated money (names are on the plaque) in honor of Dos Chapelle - "founder and Executive Director of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado" (as quoted from the USFS website - lies I assure you jk... Dos oversaw the construction of improved trails and the rehabilitation of over-used resources and had the idea for the nature Center in the first place - not the USFS (as coloradokevin thought?)