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RMFI coordinating public planning for Waldo Canyon 

click to enlarge Waldo Canyon turned into a wasteland after the fire. - BOB FALCONE
  • Bob Falcone
  • Waldo Canyon turned into a wasteland after the fire.

The Rocky Mountain Field Institute has been awarded a $45,000 planning grant from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Great Outdoors Colorado to coordinate an 18-month public planning process for the Waldo Canyon Trail and the entire Waldo Canyon area, RMFI announced on March 9.

Public meetings start in the fall to discuss trail design and layout for the Waldo Canyon Trail, possible new trailhead locations, trail connectivity options, dispersed camping options and other issues. RMFI will work with the Trails and Open Space Coalition and the U.S. Forest Service on the planning process.

The work is needed due to damage caused by the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, which started in the canyon and spread into the city, ultimately burning roughly 18,000 acres and destroying 347 homes.


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