June 16, 2011
Big Thompson Update:
Below is the letter from Walt Graul, Founder of the Friends of the Big Thompson, to the Larimer County Parks Advisory Board on June 15, 2011. CWF is a member of the Friends. Walt also is Co-Chair of the CWF Issues Committee. The latest meeting was held on June 14. ----
June 15, 2011
To: Parks Advisory Board Members
From: Walt Graul (on behalf of Friends of the Big Thompson River)
Limited parking was another issue that was raised. The large parking area near the county property has been used as a pull off for as long as we know, but now suddenly may not be available to anglers, since it is private land. Be that as it may, anglers will certainly be willing to walk from other parking spots, including the piece owned by the county which is only about one-quarter mile upstream.
Another issue raised was the concern that the County will not adequately manage the public use on the property. We understand this concern and think some new, clear signing showing boundaries, etc will really help address this problem.
Finally, a concern was expressed that if the public fishes the stretch in question, the quality of the fishery will decline significantly. We also understand this concern, but respectfully point out that that issue is not the county’s responsibility. Rather, it is the responsibility of the Colorado Division of Wildlife (the new Parks and Wildlife Division as of July 1). The county needs to not be distracted by the fishery quality issue, but rather keep its’ focus upon the land ownership issue at hand.
In conclusion, we again urge the county to retain public angling access to the east parcel of area 20 and urge the adoption of recommendations made on June 14 by staff for Narrows, parcel 12b, and 20.