Larimer County and the City of Loveland will be taking public input on the processes that will be used for the new Big Thompson Canyon Conservation and Recreation Plan.
The meeting will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Thompson School District administrative offices, 800 S. Taft Ave.
Walt Graul and Jim Roode will be there representing the club, but they could use some allies interested in restoring fishing and public access to the canyon.
"This is the first meeting whereby Larimer County will take public input and discuss their process for developing the new plan," says Walt. "It is critical that they receive input from the public stressing interest in fishing access and other wildlife interests. Ultimately this plan can impact what areas are maintained and/or acquired for such access - including parking areas, etc. This is our chance to have a positive impact upon what happens in the canyon."
The extreme flooding in September 2013 caused extensive property damage and loss of significant economic, riparian, aquatic, and scenic resources. Nearly all of the highly popular public recreation facilities in the region from Estes Park downstream were obliterated, including parks, picnic areas, fishing access, and trailheads. This meeting may be a first step in setting priorities for the rebuilding.