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15 by photographer avatarsneakySASQUATCH
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Dome Rock State Wildlife AreaSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking11.77 Miles 2,393 AEG
Hiking11.77 Miles
2,393 ft AEG
 
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WTF? On one hand this is my favorite hike/run. I do it sometimes three times a year. The first 4 miles is through some of the most prime pristine old growth aspen stands in the area. It is literally my favorite place in the fall and I’ve done til his hike more than any other save Mt. Esther. There is history, cabins, geology, and most of all fall colors and amazing aspen stands… or there was…!
1 mile into the hike I witnessed the devastation/decimation of probably the best stand of old growth aspens in the area not from storms weather insects, but in the name of management by Co. parks and wildlife. My $40 annual fishing license I use only to access this area went toward decimating this stand and putting Elk Fence around it, but apparently doesn’t go to anyone in the local office answering the phone. BTW 17192275200. I know because I called # on the trail as soon as I got service. I have never been so irritated while in the trail and it didn’t help that I literally had 8+ miles to contemplate the destruction which made me more and more disgusted all while jumping over at least 30 fallen trees crossing the trail in areas that have less healthy sections of the forest which apparently my money doesn’t go toward maintaining. I spoke an old local couple as I was passing them to find out what happened? They spoke to a Ranger who was checking they had permits and they said he said Parks and wildlife cut down the old growth stand as an experiment to see if it would grow back and improve habitat. I said no he didn’t say that and they said that is exactly how he worded it! This just added to my aggravation. I spoke to Travis Sauder driving home 17194399635. He was polite even sent me utah study that they used to justify this action. He said Ranger shouldn’t have told the couple that, but did not deny in essence that is exactly what they did. He could not explain why they chose that part of the forest and admitted no one was involved in this or consulted other than their environmentalist person. When I asked him for a better or comparable old growth stand in our area I could visit he could not point me to a better stand. Basically they decided to decimate this stand. He claims that it will improve health, habitat, and eventually grow back prettier. I asked him how long it would take for the trees to grow a 100’ again and he could not answer. They had to put Elk fence around it because the elk would not let anything grow after the healthy forest was cut down. Presumably because there are no predators in the area to control the elk which unchecked thanks to previous man made decisions leave them uncontrolled. I’m for healthy forests and proper management, but this is about as PUMKIN STUPID AS INTRODUCING CANE TOADS TO AUSTRALIA AND LOOK HOW THAT TURNED OUT. Sorry for the rant! I think I’m grieving one of the most beautiful peaceful places I’ve visited that I will not be able to return to see in my lifetime. It Sucks!

Here is the link cited and given to me by Travis Sauder used to destroy (I mean manage synonyms right) this particular stand of Aspens.
https://forestry.usu.edu/news/utah-fore ... thern-utah
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Substantial Where Co. Parks and Wildlife hasn’t cut it down
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