Silent Tracks is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is “to protect and promote human-powered recreation in the backcountry of the Gunnison Valley”.
Silent Tracks believes it’s time for a comprehensive winter outdoor recreation plan that’s crafted by all user groups, stakeholders, and governmental agencies.
this is us
Our valley has grown. We have been discovered. The changes are obvious, and not unexpected. But fortunately, we live in a progressive community. With the development of the S.T.O.R. (Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee), the Town of Crested Butte’s Community Compass, and some positive changes at Met Rec, our community is looking hard at ways to keep the recreational experience more sustainable.
we couldn’t agree more
But this is not possible without a roadmap to take us there. Silent Tracks believes it’s time for a comprehensive winter outdoor recreation plan that’s crafted by all user groups, stakeholders, and governmental agencies. The 1995 “gang of nine” decision is now 27 years old, it is clearly outdated, and there is nothing even remotely ‘sustainable’ about it. The numbers of outdoor enthusiasts, especially after COVID, combined with advances in technology for most all users has created, and will continue to create, problems at trailheads and in the backcountry. Winter issues mirror summer issues, and we all witnessed summer problems that were not addressed proactively.
while it will never be as it once was
We have the opportunity to keep our winter outdoor spaces as good as they can possibility be going forward. What collective vision does the community have? What legacy is our generation going to pass on to future generations?
advocate for a comprehensive winter outdoor recreation plan that will
- Help solve issues at trailheads.
- Ensure no user group is displaced from planning efforts (ST believes STOR & GPLI are not inclusive).
- Address landowner concerns.
- Help protect wildlife.
- Create the best possible experience for as many users as possible.
- Reduce conflicts between users.
- Create unique possibilities and opportunities, such as more backcountry huts.
- Set the stage for sustainable tourism.
- If done right, it will reduce issues for the Forest Service and enforcement.
- Ultimately create good will.
- Leave a legacy for future generations.
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