By: Evan Stafford
Do you like to paddle and/or recreate in other ways in Montana's Custer Gallatin National Forest or the western slope of Colorado? If so, we need your help to understand the economic impact of recreation there before Monday August 20th.
Our partners at Outdoor Alliance are working with a social scientist to measure the economic impact of human-powered recreation including paddling in priority national forests in Colorado’s Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest (GMUG) and Montana's Custer Gallatin National Forest. We did a similar study last year for a couple of forests in North Carolina. You can see the reports here.
Why do these studies? Grade A paddling for all ability levels exists in these forests, like Oh be Joyful, Upper East and the Taylor River in the GMUG, and Big Timber, and the Boulder and Gallatin Rivers in the Custer Gallatin, and these forests are now developing new forest plans, which will serve as the blueprints for what happens in these forests for the next 10-15 years. These economic figures help us advocate for a rock-solid plan that both protects the environment and the outstanding whitewater resources found in these national forests.
If you recreate in Colorado and/or Montana, you can help by taking one or both of the economic surveys here: MONTANA , COLORADO
Thanks for taking the time to help take care of our paddling resources in national forests today!