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Horseback riders: Fort Collins eyes Poudre River trail use

FORT COLLINS, Colorado -- The other day, a city ranger truck pulled up along our property, which borders the Poudre River bike trail. The rangers, usually on bicycles, routinely patrol the river. We got to chatting, and it turns out the city is taking another look at how it uses its trails and natural areas.

Horseback riders can affect how Poudre River tails and natural areas will be used by completing this online survey. The City of Fort Collins, which manages the areas, is

looking for feedback as it updates its 10-year plan for the Poudre River trails and natural areas between Overland Trail Road and Harmony Road. Horseback riding is currently allowed on many trails within the system, but it competes with biking, walking, jogging, swimming, rafting, kayaking, and wildlife protection.

The 20-question survey seeks opinions on closing areas, future use, quality of services, and areas for improvement. As an option, respondents can include their e-mail address for notification about public meetings regarding the project. (The link above will take users to the Fort Collins natural areas page. Scroll down the page to find the online survey link under the heading, "Natural Areas Along the Cache La Poudre River".)

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