On Thursday, November 20th the National Forest Service held a public meeting presenting the proposed remedial action to be taken in the Georgetown Railroad Bed Site. The meeting was led by Bob Wintergerst of the Forest Service, who indicated that the project – as planned – does not include the repurposing of the railroad bed as a recreational trail. Mr. Wintergerst stated that this was due to a Federal mandate prohibiting the addition of new trail miles because of a lack of maintenance of existing National Forest recreational trails. CLICK HERE for more information about the proposed remedial action.
Though ATS had a great show of support at this meeting, few other residents, community groups, or local government representatives were involved. During this public comment period, which ends on December 15th, sending letters to Mr. Wintergerst is the only way for our community to advocate for the positive reuse of this piece of our history. With such little community involvement and awareness of this important decision, we feel it is prudent to request that the public comment period for the Georgetown Railroad Bed Site be extended.
We cannot miss this opportunity to begin establishing a western trail with connections to Georgetown and Anaconda!
Please send a letter to Bob Wintergerst to express your favor for the reuse of the Georgetown Railroad Bed as a recreational trail, as well as the need for an extended public comment period. Letter templates are available below for you to reference or edit.
Thank you for your help! If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us via the Contact Us page.
Bob Wintergerst, On Scene Coordinator
USDA Forest Service-Northern Regional Office
Regional Engineering Group
5785 Highway 10 W
Missoula, MT 59807