The U.S. Forest Service, Grand Valley Ranger District has received complaints and requests for additional restrictions and/or closures related to dogs at parking areas and on trails on the Grand Mesa National Forests. The District is seeking public input and comment regarding the possible need to close one or more Nordic ski trail system(s) to dogs and/or the need to implement other restrictions to decrease conflicts between winter recreationists and dogs. Currently, dogs are allowed on all trails throughout the Grand Mesa National Forest.
Forest Service regulations (already in place) identify that dogs must be under physical restrictive control, including a leash not longer than six feet, within developed recreation sites. The majority of trailheads along Highway 65 are defined as developed recreation sites. Additionally, Mesa and Delta counties have resolutions regarding the control of dogs and prohibitions associated with waste issues as well as unrestrained dogs that create a safety hazard or result in bodily injury.
Comments and input regarding “Grand Mesa Winter Dog Management” may be sent to:
Commentsemail@example.com or sent with the title above to:
Attn.: Grand Valley District Ranger 2777 Crossroads Blvd, Unit 1, Grand Junction, CO 81506. Comments should be submitted by March 20, 2017.