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President’s Message

October 19, 2017

I am loving this cool fine Fall weather. We have a great ride coming up this Saturday, October 21, out west of Glade Park and just across the Utah line. We did this last year but I missed it. Penny has sent out the directions so no need to repeat them, and I will let those who went on the Onion Creek ride tell there story in Newsletter and the next meeting. Just a reminder, reading this letter and the newsletter is no substitute for coming to the meeting. I would love to get everyone there. In November on the 6th we will be having our annual elections so please try and make it at 7 in the Sheriff's Posse Building.

As I said last time, I have continued to meet with a number of groups that are putting in some effort to help the NFS with their GMUG Planning. We have now finished up our initial meetings for Assessment of the various areas in this portion of the GMUG. The findings of this group essentially classified the areas as either having Wilderness Characteristics, or deserving of a Special Management Recreation Area classification Area, or needing special protections for watershed, fish and wildlife, or recreation. Most of the areas we looked at are today in the Roadless Area classification, that is non-motorized. Some of you are very familiar with these areas, like: Kannah Creek, Battlement Mesa, Cottonwoods, Mesa Top, Pinyon Mesa, Unaweep/UncompahgreNorth. And some aresa would be new territory for most of us, like: Clear Forks, the Flat Tops by Paonia, and the areas southeast of Vega Reservoir. If you would like to discuss any of these or others, please give me a call or send a note. When I get the whole write up in hand I will share it all. Our work thus far is prior to the NEPA phase of the planning, sort of stage setting for the next phase of Scoping and Alternative evaluations.

Hopefully you all have been contacted by the nomination committee and are ready to volunteer to help with all of the projects and activities that will be planned for next year. Lastly, do not forget about the ride in the Little BookCliffs Wild Horse area on November 11. Connie will be leading.

This picture is of yours truly with Stormy at The Commons Country Fair getting some love.    Jan