5th Jul, 2012

Central Colorado Wilderness Plans around Breckenridge CO Homes

Forest enthusiasts are working on plans to the Central Colorado wilderness, including areas around Breckenridge real estate or Summit County homes. It doesn’t sound like values for real estate in Summit County would be affected much by any new designation. Recent discussions include the Tenmile Range and Quandary Peak in Summit County and portions of Eagle and Pitkin counties.

Gorgeous mountain real estate Breckenridge to Vail Valley is surrounded by the White River National Forest, state parks, and other protected areas. On July 3, 2012, the Colorado Roadless Rule took effect. This legislation identified 4.2 million acres in Colorado that will be protected, including stronger protections for 1.2 million “upper tier” acres. This legislation ups the ante of protection allowed by an existing national plan that passed in 2001.

Sponsored by Sen. Mark Udall,the Central Mountains Outdoor Heritage Proposal endeavors to shield public lands, fish and wildlife habitat and vegetation from increasing infringement upon the natural environment. Some local officials want to include the 14,265-foot Quandary Peak and the Tenmile Range in this or another wilderness proposal. However, there are too many conflicts with in-holdings to include the Tenmile Range. In addition, Breckenridge Ski Resort lies on four peaks of the Tenmile Range.

But Quandary is another story. According to today’s Summit Daily News article entitled “Locals push to have Quandary included in fed wilderness proposal,” Quandary Peak May end up receiving additional protections. Details are being discussed by local officials, environmentalists, and the mountain-biking community. Breckenridge Mayor John Warner clarified some of the discussions in the article by Caddie Nath.

“Quandary’s inclusion in the wilderness bill likely would not have any impact on hiking, mountain biking or skiing in the area, but might prohibit hiking with dogs on the peak, Warner said.” Summit County and the Town of Breckenridge own many of the in-holdings on Quandary Peak. The mayor says that Breckenridge does not have plans to put roads in these areas.

In Eagle County, which is west of Summit County Colorado land, the Central Mountains Proposal designates 200 square miles with the highest level of wilderness protection. When land is designated as Wilderness Area, mechanized vehicles such as mountain bikes and motorized vehicles such as ATVs, dirt bikes, and snowmobiles may not traverse the lands.

Udall’s wilderness proposal addresses Bull Gulch, Castle Peak, Pisgah Mountain, Freeman Creek, Spraddle Creek, West Lake Creek, Adam Mountain, Woods Lake, and No Name – all west of Breckenridge. Again, hunting, hiking, fishing, backpacking, camping, or spec writing, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, and livestock grazing would continue to be allowed. Restrictions would affect mountain biking, snowmobiling, ATV riding, and motorcycling. The legislation is still open for discussion.

For information about buying real estate in our mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

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