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We are looking for community feedback and your thoughts on the published 2017 Open Lands Plan Update.
11/7/2017 10:12 AM
Expand pg. 49 trail maintenance section to include which trails are currently adopted in ToV, list town support of programs ($5k ia VRD in first two years), and note 2 year trail work figures for the 7 adopted ToV trails (can get from firstname.lastname@example.org)
11/7/2017 10:17 AM
clarify that conceptual trails and action items are or are not prioritized - maybe numbered from west to east, for example.
pg 32 type in first sentence "rom' instead of "from"
11/12/2017 5:57 PM
Before the final plan is adopted, I urge you to do a wildlife and biodiversity study.
11/13/2017 2:11 PM
The update makes brief reference to wildlife corridor and habitat. Areas that are important for wildlife habitat and movement should be specifically evaluated with regards to future development and trails planning to ensure that proposed open space trails are compatible with wildlife needs and do not put key areas of remaining habitat or movement corridors at risk. Decision-making that is informed by the best available science is important to protect wildlife values in the community for residents and visitors alike.
11/21/2017 7:45 PM
I agree that wildlife impacts certainly should not be overlooked. However, we should also remember, as we have done in the past that seasonal wildlife closures can be extremely successful alternatives to not building a trail at all. We stand on the brink of being a nationally recognized mountain bike destination, and that opportunity should be embraced.
11/21/2017 8:15 PM
very excited about the ideas of vail trail expansion and intermountain>west vail trails.... and I'm sure the critters will like using the trails too!
11/27/2017 12:53 PM
All for more trails! Great plan.
11/27/2017 1:07 PM
It most likely goes without saying, that most of us in the cycling community are in support of responsible built and sustainable trails. I have had the opportunity to travel throughout Colorado and Europe and have seen what others can do with there trail systems; and I have to say that Vail and the valley could be doing more and better with our trail system. I(we)have a love of cycling and the outdoors and the opportunity to combine the two makes for a unique experience. It allows us to have fun, appreciate Mother Nature, learn about the forests, see the changes, appreciate how tough and fragile nature can be. Let us spread the love of nature by whatever means and have more opportunities to experience it. Should we not embrace the opportunity to responsibly get people out of their automobiles and experience the outdoors. From this, can some not learn more and appreciate more the environment in which we live and that sustains us.
Additionally, we are a growing state and community that needs more and better options than what are currently available. It is time to accept the realty that the valley is a multi sport/use community, and we cannot keep saying no to everything that does not agree with our values. Further, we cannot keep using the excuse of “pristine lands,” or now that I’m here, nothing new can be built. All that has been developed, was at one time, pristine land. Again, I(we) are not advocating development without being responsible and nor caring about environmental or wildlife impacts. On the contrary, most I would say, are for caring about wildlife and the environment. But we also understand that outdoor recreation is why we and our visitors are here.
Let us figure out a way to expand and improve upon what makes us such a great state. This is an opportunity to make things even better for our community.
11/27/2017 1:30 PM
The work that has been done over the past decades has certainly made Vail into a great place to recreate and be able to enjoy the abundant public lands. However, visiting other "competing" similar mountain communities throughout the west, there is a pretty stark contrast in terms of community connectivity between neighborhoods, the resort and village centers. Utilizing soft surface trail connections, as laid out in the plan will go a long ways in improving this connectivity not only for residents, but also for our guests as they come to enjoy our trails.
11/27/2017 1:32 PM
Make great trails and the people will come.
11/27/2017 6:27 PM
Very excited about the new proposed trail additions!
11/27/2017 7:17 PM
Thrilled at the idea of expanding our trail network here in Vail!
11/28/2017 7:49 AM
The idea a new trails in Vail is a great idea! Soft trails connecting neighborhoods and allowing looping will be a big step plus.I would love to see a soft trail from two Elk east connecting the bike path in east vail. Also the new areas recently cleared from dead trees in west vail could make a great area for mor trails in west vail. Compared to other Colorado mountain towns Vail is behind in trail numbers and connectivity, let's change this with community teamwork.
11/30/2017 11:08 AM
Early on in this discussion, this was most definitely about pro and anti trail building with a large focus on mountain biking and the size and scope needed for such trails.
However, we now have data and insights available from local wildlife experts from CPW.
We are literally "recreating" this valley to death and destroying the very environment we came here to enjoy. Wildlife continues to be dramatically impacted and herd numbers have dropped significantly over the past decade....but we just keep building and proposing more trails and causing more fragmentation. It is time to take care of what is left, enjoy what we have built and focus on maintenance and co-existence.
And the trails in the Alps can in no way be compared to this valley where we already have a major Interstate highway, two frontage roads, paved bike lanes, intense development, a ski area and many trails. The trails in the Alps are footpaths connecting villages and often times there is not even a major road.
11/30/2017 2:23 PM
The Update addition in the Trails section of several paragraphs on wildlife & the environment and other revisions strengthen the Plan. These make the implementation of any trails subject to environmental analysis of trails impacts on wildlife and natural resources. This is exactly what a truly sustainable community should be doing, balancing recreation activity with protection of our very special environment.
1/21/2018 8:18 PM
The Community Wildlife Forum held on January 18, 2018 was well attended, professionally presented and frankly, sobering and troubling. For anyone who did not attend the Town intends to post the video of it online, hopefully soon. It is must viewing for anyone who truly cares about the impact on wildlife in and around Vail. It is also, now more than ever, essential that the TOV seriously take the findings of that forum into consideration while the current update of the Open Lands Plan is underway. More specifically, that needs to be done before the Update is presented to the PEC at its next meeting February 26th. To not would be a tragic and fundamental failure by the Town in planning for the future of Vail--especially in light of its current quest for international sustainability recognition.
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