Outdoors briefs for Aug. 27, 2016
Stargazing party set for Saturday
Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Western Colorado Astronomy Club invites stargazers of all ages to Highline Lake State Park for the annual Star Party, a chance to learn about the stars, constellations, moon and the universe from local experts.
Meet at the visitor center parking lot at 7:30 p.m. this coming Saturday.
Highline Lake State Park’s remote location is ideal for watching the nighttime skies as it is located far from the glare of city lights.
The Western Colorado Astronomy Club will provide access to their powerful telescopes and answer questions.
Each vehicle entering the park for the event must display a valid park pass.
For more information, the staff at Highline Lake State Park can be reached at 970-858-7208. Also, the Western Colorado Astronomy Club can be reached through its Web site at http://www.wcacastronomy.org.
Fishing limits reinstated at Harvey Gap
The emergency fish salvage at Harvey Gap State Park has been canceled after a stretch of County Road 237 was closed after a section collapsed.
The problem prompted the Silt Water Conservancy District to delay draining Harvey Gap Reservoir.
Effective immediately, the usual bag, possession and size limits will be reinstated and enforced.
A stretch of County Road 237 will remain closed indefinitely near the state park, while an investigation is underway to determine the cause of a collapse that left the integrity of the roadway compromised.
SWCD officials said the collapse is not related to its plans to drain the reservoir later this year for inspections.
Work to begin on singletrack bike trail
The Bureau of Land Management Grand Junction Field Office and its partners will soon begin work to create a new trail within the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.
Approximately 6.5 miles of new singletrack mountain bike trail along Mack Ridge in will be constructed with the help of local volunteers. Less than a mile of unsustainable trail will be removed with the area rehabilitated as part of this project.
The project was originally proposed by the Grand Valley-based Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association. One of COPMOBA’s objectives is to provide new mountain bike trail riding opportunities.
“The legislation that designated this remarkable NCA identified recreation as an important land use in this area,” said Collin Ewing, BLM and NCA manager.
“The BLM worked with the public on a management plan that provides world class mountain bike opportunities in this NCA. The public has indicated an improved trail system is a priority and this project will help meet that commitment.”
Two local Fruita businesses, the Hot Tomato Café and Colorado Backcountry Biker, contributed funding along with COPMOBA to complete the surveys necessary to ensure any and all cultural resources, sensitive plants and wildlife species are protected during all trail construction.
Moab BLM seeks comment on proposal
The Bureau of Land Management Moab Field Office is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment that is proposing designation of approximately seven miles of motorcycle singletrack.
The singletrack trail would connect the Rabbit Valley area and the Mel’s Loop motorcycle trail near the Westwater exit on Interstate 70. Comments will be accepted by letter or email through Sept. 8.