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Enhancing the Gateway To Independence Pass

Public Comments Invited

Located at Mile Marker 47 on Highway 82, the Winter Gate is so named because it is here that the Colorado Department of Transportation closes a metal gate across the highway in November, thereby preventing further travel over the Pass until it opens the following May. The Winter Gate is the entrance to one of the most spectacularly scenic corridors in the United States, yet currently the land immediately adjacent to it looks like an industrial site. Jersey barriers block those who would attempt crossing the Pass when it is closed. No signage exists to announce to motorists that they are embarking on a uniquely beautiful and memorable journey.

The Independence Pass Foundation proposes to enhance this area as the western “gateway” to the Pass corridor. The total project cost is estimated to be about $450,000-$500,000. We expect the Winter Gate improvements will take several years to complete.

The Aspen-Sopris Ranger District of the White River National Forest (WRNF) is currently seeking comments on a proposal from the Independence Pass Foundation (IPF) to enhance the winter gate area. The project is located on National Forest System (NFS) lands administered by the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District in Pitkin County, Colorado and has been identified in the Top of the Rockies Corridor Management Plan.

How to Comment and Timeframe

This comment period is intended to provide those interested in or affected by this proposal an opportunity to comment on the proposed action before the Responsible Official makes a decision.

If you wish to comment, please submit your written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments concerning this action by March 19, 2015.Written comments must be submitted to: Karen Schroyer, District Ranger, c/o Martha Moran, Aspen-Sopris Ranger District, 620 Main Street, Carbondale, CO 81623. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Electronic comments including attachments may be submitted to https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=45671


Or contact Judith Olesen, Development Director, 970.230.9223, judith@plumdaisy.com

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About the Independence Pass Foundation

The Independence Pass Foundation (IPF) is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3)] foundation based in Aspen, Colorado. Working with local, state and federal agencies, IPF develops and implements projects that maintain and enhance the ecology and beauty of the Pass and improve the recreational opportunities that are available to people of all ages. The Foundation is led by an 11-member volunteer Board of Directors and staffed by three part-time consultants—an executive director, development director and bookkeeper. Since its founding in 1989, IPF's many donors, volunteers and contractors have continued to support us with their time, their expertise and their dollars. IPF is truly the beneficiary of the community's caring for Independence Pass. We are honored to represent all who love the Pass in our everyday work.

A copy of our federal tax return form 990 is available for public inspection at www.guidestar.org.

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