Outside 285 Master Plan

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COMBA, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and the South Platte Ranger District of the Pike National Forest (USFS-SPRD) are spearheading a regional planning effort focused on identifying opportunities for wildlife habitat conservation and recreational amenity improvements within public lands along the US-285 corridor. The Outside 285 Master Plan will serve as a blueprint for conserving habitat and improving trail-based outdoor recreation experiences within public lands along the US-285 corridor. The year-long, regional planning effort will begin with a comprehensive habitat analysis of the region in order to identify critical wildlife habitat. The planning team will then evaluate the region’s recreation infrastructure, identify needs and constraints and determine suitable locations for trail and other recreational amenity improvements.

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Goals of the Outside 285 Master Plan include:

  • Producing a regional planning document to guide project decisions in the Outside 285 region

  • Building consensus among agency, wildlife and recreation advocates

  • Locating desirable and critical habitat areas for protection

  • Determining opportunities for improved recreation amenities and capacity

  • Identifying suitable locations for trail linkages, improvements, or expanded trail systems

  • Developing a system and identifying resources for trail maintenance

  • Creating relationships and mechanisms for future project determinations

  • Providing a model for future regional trail planning

Photo ©Diana Robinson

A Collaboration of Agency, Wildlife and Recreation Advocates

COMBA, CPW and USFS-SPRD have brought together a diversity of partners to work together to develop shared solutions for public lands planning in the Outside 285 region. The Outside 285 Master Plan steering committee includes the following land managers, wildlife biologists, wildlife advocates and recreation user groups:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife | U.S. Forest Service | C.O.M.B.A. | Bailey Hundo | Backcountry Hunters and Anglers |

Clear Creek County | Colorado Mountain Club | Colorado Wildlife Federation | Denver Mountain Parks |

Denver Mountain Parks | Denver Water | Douglas County | Front Range Back Country Horsemen | Human Potential |

Jefferson County | National Wild Turkey Federation | Park County | Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society |

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation | Team Evergreen Cycling | Trout Unlimited | Wild Connections.

Stay Tuned to Outside 285

 

This Fall, after completing the habitat analysis and field work necessary to understand the Outside 285 region’s resources, the planning team will solicit input from community stakeholders and area residents. Given Covid-19, it’s likely that the project’s community outreach and engagement efforts will be virtual. We will keep interested parties updated via a digital newsletter and Facebook (@Outside285), circulate a digital survey and invite comments, ideas and concerns via email.

 

Please email us at Outside285plan@gmail.com to sign up for our project updates and/or to share your ideas about habitat conservation and recreation on public lands within the Outside 285 region.

Email: info@comba.org

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