Title

The Exploration and Development of Alternative Management Strategies for Mining and Recreational Activities Atop Mount Antero and Mount White; Chaffee County, Colorado

Date of Award

6-6-2006

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy And Management

Degree Name

Master of Environmental Policy And Management

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

William Robinson

Keywords

Antero, Mount (Colo.) -- Environmental conditions; Aquamarine; Chaffee County; Mining; Mining -- Management -- Colorado -- Chaffee County; Mount Antero; Mount White; Outdoor recreation -- Management -- Colorado -- Chaffee County; Prospecting; Recreation; San Isabel National Forest; San Isabel National Forest (Colo.) -- Environmental condit

Abstract

The Mount Antero/White area is a popular prospecting area. Recent expansions in the recreation economy is drawing more visitors to the area. Consequently, visitors may be placing unsustainable pressures on the landscape. In order to help rectify this, the legal, ecological, geologic, aesthetic, recreational, historic, social, and economic character of the Antero/White area has been identified. Four feasible management alternatives have also been recognized. They are a) take no new management actions, b) prohibit motorized activities in the area, c) develop a mineralogical park, and d) a combination of options b and c. Option C has been defended, as it best balances the desires of area users with the underlying ecological and geological character of the area.

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