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The Preferred Alternative, Alternative 4, closes no existing motorized routes!!!!

Write in and tell the USFS you support Alternative 4!!!

Alternative 4 said:
This alternative was developed in response to concerns regarding elk security, scenery, and fragile high mountain lakes. The new trail construction from Berry Creek to Pioneer Creek is moved east and down slope to avoid high quality elk security cover and a number of wet areas. The trail bypasses all the high lakes and routes users onto the Continental Divide at the head of Darkhorse and Wimpey Creeks, allowing users to enjoy the sweeping views of Montana and Idaho. The trail location avoids visible headwalls in
Pioneer and Jahnke Creeks and is located on an existing trail in Darkhorse, thus reducing construction costs and new visual impacts. This Alternative does not change or close motorized travel routes.

Alternative 4 includes a total of 21.8 miles of CDNST trail. Alternative 4 proposes new trail construction for approximately 8.3 miles of trail on the BDNF and approximately 2.8 miles of trail on the SCNF. In addition, approximately 10.5 miles of existing trails and low standard roads would be reconstructed, and 0.2 miles of the Goldstone Road would be used. This alternative provides access to the Continental Divide through the Jahnke drainage and accesses the divide at Darkhorse. It then follows along the west side of the
divide to Goldstone Pass. This alternative directs the trail construction along the west side of the Continental Divide from Darkhorse south, where the topography is much gentler. The proposed route would cross motorized roads that access the divide from Wimpey Creek. This route is more scenic, with more construction proposed on the divide itself. This alternative minimizes the amount of construction in CDNST Miner-Berry-Goldstone – Environmental Assessment highly visible scenic areas at the head of Pioneer Creek and directs use away from sensitive high mountain lakes in the Pioneer drainage. This alternative routes the trail out of sensitive elk habitat and moves the trail off of the Darkhorse-Cowbone road. Existing motorized and non-motorized uses in the project area on the BDNF and the SCNF would remain unchanged. Please refer to the Alternative 4 map.
 

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MT4Runner said:
Noelle Meier
BDNF
420 Barrett
Dillon, MT 59725

Re: CDNST: Miner-Berry-Goldstone

Dear Noelle, Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the changes in the Miner Creek to Goldstone Pass section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.
I fully support Preferred Alternative 4. It is important to note that this Alternative retains mechanized and motorized access at the current level. These historic uses are responsible uses of the area, and should continue. Safe access by motorized/mechanized means is also an asset to the Trail system for safety or fire response.
I appreciate the BDNF's acknowledgement that the National Trail System Act and the the Comprehensive Plan allow for motorized use on portions of the trail where such use was allowed at the time of CDNST designtaion.
Best regards,
Shawn W. Baker
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