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What do you think about a Gravity Park on Mt. Charleston?

In the past couple of weeks, you may have heard inklings about the Mt. Charleston Blue Butterfly, a rumored mountain bike park and the US Fish and Wildlife service. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of our every day lives, it’s time consuming to get all facts and info straight, let alone feel the need to take part. Well, if you are interested in seeing a gravity park come to Mt. Charleston, it’s time to weigh in and the deadline is Sept 15th.

Here is the quick and dirty scoop:

  • The US Fish and Wildlife department is taking public comments until Sept 15th on plans to designate as Critical Habitat 5,500 acres on Mt. Charleston to protect the Blue Butterfly.
  • How does this effect you? For outdoorsy sorts, such as skiers, hikers and mountain bikers, this can potentially effect how we will be able to use our public spaces. There have been plans to put in a gravity MTB part in the ski resort, but designation of Critical Habitat boundaries may effect these plans. SNMBA has written up an excellent summary of the issues at hand that show that habitat preservation can happen along side resort development. You can read more here.
  • Being outdoorsy sorts that many of us are, we understand this isn’t an issue of “us” vs. “them,” but rather an issue of finding a solution to meet the needs of all parties, but the US Fish and Wildlife department needs your comments and your feedback.

Here is what you can do:

  • Take a little time out of your day (say…30 minutes or so). Read the summary SNMBA has put together to familiarize yourself with the issues at hand.
  • Go to regulations.gov and search docket number: FWS-R8-ES-2013-0105. Or, click HERE.
  • Submit your comment. Comments can be short or long, but the most effective will be ones that include supporting documentation or links. Many of these can be found linked at the bottom of the SNMBA article.
  • For information on submitting effective comments, click here.

We are in support of both protecting the native habitat of the Blue Butterfly as well as planned expansion of the ski resort to include summer activities. If you are, too, it’s important to voice your opinions!

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