Tell GMUG National Forest to Protect Wild and Scenic Rivers by March 21

Bridal Veil Falls near Telluride. Photo from Wikipedia by Terry Foote.
Bridal Veil Falls near Telluride. Photo from Wikipedia by Terry Foote.

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest in Western Colorado is updating their Forest Plan. As part of this process, they are required to evaluate rivers (and streams) on the forest to see if they are eligible to be protected as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Only Congress can designate Wild and Scenic Rivers. However, when a National Forest determines that a river is eligible, they protect the river’s outstanding qualities Rivers are the foundation of the healthy ecosystems and biodiversity that Rocky Mountain Wild protects. Designating a river as eligible is a great way to preserve biodiversity.

The GMUG planning team wants our comments on their Draft Wild and Scenic Rivers Eligibility Report. They have been very open to comments through the Plan Revision process. Your thoughtful comment can make a difference!

What should I say?
  • Rocky Mountain Wild helped American Rivers to write comments on this report. Tell the Forest Service that you support the comments that will be submitted by American Rivers.
  • Rivers are eligible if they are free-flowing and have “outstanding remarkable values.” Write about rivers with outstanding remarkable values you have visited on the GMUG National Forest.
  • If you aren’t sure which rivers you have visited or which have outstanding remarkable values, look at this table below for ideas:
If you live near or visit:Tell the Forest Service:
Crested Butte
  • You agree with their evaluation that Copper Creek and its tributaries and Oh-be-joyful Creek and its tributaries are eligible
  • You believe East River and Slate River that were found to be eligible in the 2005 draft are still eligible today.
Gunnison
  • You believe the Lower Taylor River that was found to be eligible in the 2005 draft is still eligible today.
Ouray
  • You agree with their evaluation that Cow Creek and its tributaries are eligible.
  • You believe Bear Creek that was found to be eligible in the 2005 draft is still eligible today.
Telluride
  • You believe Bridal Veil Creek (falls) and Ingram Falls that were found to be eligible in the 2005 draft are still eligible today.
  • You believe Beaver Creek and Fall Creek have free-flowing portions with outstanding remarkable values and are eligible.
Uncompahgre Plateau
  • You agree with their evaluation that North Fork Escalante and Kelso Creek, Roubideu Creek and its tributaries, San Miguel River, and Tabegauche Creek and its North Fork are eligible.
  • You believe Escalante Creek that was found to be eligible in the 2005 draft is still eligible today.
  • You believe Cottonwood Creek, Horsefly Creek, Monitor Creek, and Potter Creek have free-flowing portions with outstanding remarkable values and are eligible.
West Elk Wilderness
  • You agree with their evaluation that West Elk Creek and West Soap Creek have free-flowing portions with outstanding remarkable values and are eligible.
What else do I need to know?