Sunday, September 9, 2012

MAPS and such

Alternative 3 - ANILCA Road Access - simulation 4.10-10 page 8-39

Alternative 3 - Land Exchange - simulation 4.10-8 page 8-37

CRITICAL VIEWPOINT LOCATIONS - Simulation 4.10-1 page 8-30

Figure 3.6-1. Vegetation Type Map, page 8-23 

Figure 3.6-2. Vegetation Structural Stage Map, page 8-24

These maps show the wetlands areas.  
Red McComb's faustian bargain with the RGNF is that by removing the southwest expanse of wetlands and giving LMJV the uphill section north of his current parcel that somehow the watershed won't be impacted as much.  Seems to me either option will severely disrupt the hydrology of Alberta Park and adversely impact this headwaters to the Rio Grande River. 

Also on a more personal note, I've had a couple locals tell me that one of those small lakes has been sanctified by virtue of being where the ashes of a number of loved ones have been spread over the years.  Such considerations hardly stand in the way of developers, still it's another heart ache tearing up this watershed will inflict.

Figure 3.7-1. Waters of the U.S. Map, page 8-26 

Figure 3.9-1. Lynx Habitat Types LAUs & Linkage Map, page 8-27

Figure 2.4-8. Alternative 3. ANILCA Road Access, Moderate Density Development Concept, page 8-16 

Figure 2.4-6. Alternative 2. Land Exchange Maximum Density Development Concept, page 8-14 

Figure 3.1-1. Surface Water Features and Watersheds, page 8-18 

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Dear Friends of Alberta Park and Wolf Creek, 
we have this one moment (September) to tell the Rio Grande Forest Service and the US Department of Agriculture's powers-that-be what a destructive boondoggle this luxury Village at 10,500± elevation would be.

But, they'll never listen to you, if you don't contact them!
Here's where to do that, but you need to do it now, September:

Commenting on This Project
The Forest Service values public input. Comments received, including respondents’ names and addresses, will become part of the public record for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the agency with the ability to provide you with project updates. The Forest Service wishes to provide you with as many opportunities as possible to learn about our activities.

Official Deadline for comments: 9/30/2012. (or is that Friday the 28th, or Monday the 1st?)


  1. There's no way to stop the damage. None. It's ludicrous to think the watershed wouldn't suffer much damage. Any construction will damage it.


  2. I agree !
    That's why I've been doing all this.
    Once the bulldozing begins the damage can't be reversed.

    And it's why I'm trying to encourage people to make officials comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30th.

    Those comments should include telling the USDA-Forest Service to start proactively encouraging Red McCombs to return that land to protected status for the good of the Rio Grande River and the greater community.

    I imagine it will be hard pill to swallow for a fella who builds a Formula One Race Track for fun - but hopefully someday the reality happening in the other 99% of our world will dawn on the man - and he'll learn to appreciate the importance of reserving the Alberta Park's watershed unmolested.
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    PS see: “From Spurs to Formula One — McCombs made it happen”
    Posted on 05/23/2012 by Jerry Briggs

  3. Haha, I agree. What you're doing here is much appreciated. I will be sure to include your suggestion in my next comment.