Wildsight concerned about motor bike traffic near Reflection Lake

Golden Council has directed staff to look into some concerns raised by Wildsight regarding activity at Reflection Lake.

Golden Council has directed staff to look into some concerns raised by Wildsight regarding activity at Reflection Lake.

Joan Dolinsky, president of the local chapter of Wildsight, sent a letter to council requesting their assistance in getting the user groups of Reflection Lake to work together to maintain the environmental integrity of the area.

“It was a request of Council, and Town, to look into some concerns they have with the Reflection Lake area, and the motor bike traffic there,” said Coun. Caleb Moss during the council meeting on April 9.

“There’s a conflict of uses, and rather than running into multi group conflicts, they’re asking for someone to get involved to provide some clarity.”

One of Dolinsky’s main concerns, outlined in the letter, is that over the years, motorized users have accessed the area adjacent to Reflection Lake on the east side, making it very noisy for the bird watching, and other non-motorized activities in the area.

The Reflection Lake site, owned by the Town of Golden, has undergone some unauthorized work, including clearing of the land and reconfiguring the terrain, which Wildsight is concerned has damaged the sight.

“As one of the interested user groups and as part of our stewardship of the environment, Wildsight asks that the Town of Golden instigates a process, the goal of which will be to establish a more appropriate area for motorized use and the eventual restoration of the damaged site, which has great potential to provide upland nesting and habitat for many species,” the letter said.

 

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