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Lemon Gulch Project Continues to Draw Criticism from Area Residents

Residents who live near a proposed trail project to build up to 52 miles of single track trails near Prineville along Lemon Gulch in the Ochoco National Forest are not backing down in their opposition to the project. The trail system would include three trailheads and a parking area. During a public hearing last week in Crook County, several area residents who live in the Mill Creek Road area told Forest Service  Representatives they do not want the trails to be developed. Among them, farm owners, who say developing Lemon Gulch into a mountain bike trail system, will disturb grazing cattle and area wildlife. Kassidy Kern says she is not sure why some residents are claiming they were blindsided about the development. She says the project, which is not set in stone, has been widely advertised on the US Forest website, and on Facebook. She said hundreds of letters were also sent out to residents. An environmental assessment is planned soon and another public hearing on the matter will be help in June.


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