If you can't make the meeting on April 4, then you can comment
on the proposed management changes to Bear Creek environs. Review the proposal at the links that Jim has provided and then send your comments, criticism, proposals, and opinions to the Pikes Peak Ranger District of Pike National Forest. Send comments by mail, fax, or email. Addresses provided below. Comments must be recieved by April 30, 2013
and will become part of the public record. So if you care about both the proposed closures as well as the cutthroat trout, then write and make your voice heard. If enough folks comment, then their voices can't be ignored...
Bear Creek Watershed Restoration Project
Pikes Peak Ranger District
601 S. Weber Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 477-4233 firstname.lastname@example.org
After reviewing the proposed action, I think it is a bit extreme to close the entire area to visitation. Surely if some trails were rerouted, we could continue to have access to Jones Park and upper Bear Creek, especially to climb Tenny Crags, Mt Arthur, Mt Garfield, and Kineo Mountain. While I can see the reasons for closing the trail along Bear Creek in lower Jones Park above Josephine Falls, an alternative trail on higher slopes above the creek could be a workable proposition although it would require new trailwork, manpower, and organization issues.
I'm also concerned that both Grand Specimen and Sentinel Rock will be closed to climbing and mineral collecting; the rocks are already closed for nesting raptors half of the year.
As another alternative to lessen human impact, the Forest Service could institute a daily permit system with a limited number of day hiking passes available that would be given on a first-come first-served basis ahead of time at the Colorado Springs office.