The U.S. Forest Service paved the way Wednesday for approval of two trails that will connect larger trail networks in Basalt and Gypsum for dirt bikers.
White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams signed a draft decision notice and finding of no significant impact for creation of a singletrack trail between Basalt and Gypsum.
The significance of the decision is the Forest Service worked with environmental groups and dirt bikers to come up with a solution that satisfies them all.
Wilderness Workshop, the valley’s oldest homegrown environmental group, had a seat at the negotiating table along with the Colorado Backcountry Trail Riders Alliance, which represents local dirt bikers. The Audubon Society and Rocky Mountain Recreation Initiative also were part of the talks.