OK Guys and Gals, here is another one from DFG for us to consider. Some background just so you understand the importance of this getting done. The bridge has been contracted, footings for it are going in this next week but the remander of the construction won't be until June or so. It is still up in the air about ATV useage, but the bridge will make access easier either way. Out a ways on the trail there are some very serrious erosing problems taking place. It will ge worse, and when it does, the wetlands east of Cottonwood Creek will drain, taking away hundreds of acres of duck nesting habitat, which most of you realize will reduce the duck numbers for early season hunting for us. Look at what Doug says in his letter and consider it. I know this will interfere in fishing, etc, but most of us should be able to spare a few days for this, and it will be must warmer and have a much better benifit to all of us hayflat hunters. Please post if you are interested in helping out on this project or would rather let the wetlands drain. Bud
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 2:30 PM
"Hill, Doug D (DFG)" <email@example.com>
"bud bass" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Would AWA be interested in assisting ADF&G on the initial phases of the re-routing of the Cottonwood Creek ATV Trail? Below is a map with the proposed location of the new trail. This portion of the re-route will not tackle the worst portion of the trail, but it is a start. The Cottonwood Creek Access parking lot is at the top of the yellow line in the image, as is the location of the new bridge. We would work on this in July if I am to be present (unless we have a wet June/early July the ground will be drier) I will be out of state for an extended period this summer (approx June 13 through July 3 or 13). If June works then Joe Meehan will have to be coordinator.
I have attached a PDF files with photos of the ATV issues along the entire length of the 7 mile long Cottonwood Creek Trail and the SW bend (worst portion & location of tide gut drainage sites).
You will see the marked Cottonwood Creek Trail corridor and places where ATVs have driven outside of the corridor.