Update from WRFA

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Welcome to White River Forest Alliance Greetings!

WRFA would like to send out a great big THANK YOU to Congressman Jared Polis and all his staff for putting together a true public comment forum, also to the all the panelists that participated and to all of the concerned local citizens that turned out for the meetings last week. The turnout in Boulder and Breckenridge was great and the turnout in Edwards was incredible. I was personally overwhelmed with the response of the WRFA supporters and am sure it left a lasting impression on everyone in attendance. This turned into an amazing display of democracy in action with WRFA's grass roots efforts VS Hidden Gems 'whatever it takes' (money), which makes it feel that much more successful.

Thanks to John Hembel for spearheading the t-shirt effort that created the 'Sea of White' of supporters who decided to wear our t-shirts at all of the meetings.

I wanted to send out a special thanks to Jack Albright, VP of WRFA for personally taking the time to sit on the panel at all three meetings. His commitment to the process and thoughtful comments deserves many thanks!

There is still a lot of work to do regarding this and Congressman Polis and his staff has urged everyone to continue providing comments and opinions on the specific areas that the Hidden Gems proposal impacts. Keep your emails, letters and phone calls flowing to their office. Here is some contact info for them:

Nissa Erickson
District Representative
Congressman Jared Polis
101 W. Main Street, Suite 101D
PO Box 1453
Frisco, CO 80443
Office: 970-668-3240
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They have also established a special contact email for Hidden Gems issues at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tony Fisher

June Hidden Gems Public Forums

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Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal Public Forums THIS week Thursday and Friday!

Greetings! Please try to attend these meetings!! Arrive as early as possible doors open at 4:30 pm, this is due to the opposition trying to pack the room, so we don't have areas to sit or share our thoughts and concerns. Look for a sign up sheet and let Congressman Polis know our concerns regarding this proposal.

This is just a quick reminder to everyone that Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal Public Forums are now a week away. Mark your calenders!!! Please be sure you notify as many people as possible regarding these meetings. If we don't show up in numbers and voice our opposition, we will likely lose access to several areas of public land in Eagle and Summit counties.

Dates, times and locations are below.

Public Forums

What: Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal Public Forum
Who: Congressman Polis and Community

Tuesday, June 1 - 5:30-7:00 pm
Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theater
1000 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, CO 80302

Thursday, June 3 - 5:30-7:00 pm
Battle Mountain High School, Auditorium
151 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards, CO 81632

Friday, June 4 - 12:00-1:30 pm
Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge Campus, Community Auditorium
107 Denison Placer Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424

May Club Meeting Notes

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Hello Summit County Snowmobilers,

Thanks to everyone who showed up at last night's meeting, it will be our last meeting until probably October.

We talked about the Hidden Gems, increasing club membership next year, trail grooming and establishing a web site for the club.

Donna Lewark kindly volunteered to be the club's new Secretary/Treasurer. Ron Lewark was elected as our Group Ride Chairman and Pat Quigley was elected as our Grooming Program Chairman.

Congratulations to all our new club officers!

Hidden Gems News: The future of snowmobiling in Summit County and in a way, the future of the High Country Snowmobile Club hangs on this Wilderness Proposal.

The next few weeks are crucial, please do whatever you can to voice your opposition to this wilderness proposal.

As a reminder, Polis's Rep Nissa has office hours in Frisco next Tuesday, May 18 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm and the following Tuesday, May 25 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the West Professional Building lobby.

This is our last chance to voice our concerns outside of the large meetings.

The large meetings are sure to be a cluster and I imagine we won't have much time to speak.

Let your voice be heard.

Here's some additional info on Polis's large Hidden Gems community meetings coming up. I'll be at all three meetings.

If you are not already on the WRFA's list, please join their mailing list, if's free.

Rich Holcroft
President, High Country Snowmobile Club