The Starlight Regatta was a huge success with 16 participating craft! There were fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, a paddle boat, and a
pontoon boat; with people decorating their craft and/or their bodies. I think the line of onlookers was far larger than the number of participants but it was loads of fun, and many are already
planning for next year!
Great Staff- Our staff has been working very hard
this year as the number of people coming to Crystal Lakes has increased substantially! I want to thank our staff for all of their work and efforts to meet the needs of people in the office and
the field staff for all of the efforts with the roads and the compactor. With rain and so many vehicles on the roads, our roads can be degraded in ONE day and with so many miles to maintain, it
is definitely a struggle. When you encounter staff, please tell them thank you,
they need your support!
Injunction - Crystal Lakes Road and Recreation
Association has been served with a notice for a motion for Injunctive Relief to keep members from using the Bear Gulch Easement to get to the national forest and a request for a clear title. At
the July Board meeting, the Board voted to respond to this motion in an attempt to preserve the Association's long standing right to the easement. This is Crystal Lake's primary access to the
national forest and an amenity that needs to be preserved for all property owners.
Security - We continue to have people fishing
illegally, theft of fishing passes, speeding, placing destructive items in the dumpster, illegal burning in unapproved fire pits and in adjacent national forest areas, making disparaging remarks to
staff and to our mitigation contractors. All of this leads to degradation of the harmony we have known in the past. Neighborhood policing is one of the best ways to deal with
Program - if you have experience in working with this program and would like to help get this started in Crystal Lakes,
please contact the office.
Mitigation/Shaded Fuel Break
Grant - Work is continuing with this project and we are in the process of changing the restoration portion for the
forester and other scientists to take over this phase of the grant. Please watch for their equipment on the roads. They are continuing at this time on Tract 13F. Access to the northern portion of
this Tract is still under evaluation. We even have a property owner volunteering some access!
- Bryon Fessler has been
working with firms in Fort Collins to draft plans for the remodel of the maintenance facility and the west end of Base Camp. These facilities are in desperate need of the remodel for safety and
usability. We hope to be in the bid phase before long.