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Trappers Lake - 10-29-20

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Local photographers often travel out to Trappers Lake in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. The lake is known as the "Cradle of the Wilderness":

In the summer of 1919, the Forest Service dispatched its first landscape architect to Trappers Lake with instructions to survey 100 planned summer home sites and a road around the lake. The 27 year old surveyor, Arthur H. Carhart, completed his plan and returned to Denver. But he closed his report with a strongly-worded recommendation that the area remain roadless and undeveloped. "There are a number of places with scenic values of such great worth that they are rightfully the property of all people. They should be preserved for all time for the people of the Nation and the world. Trappers Lake is unquestionably a candidate for that classification."

In an unprecedented move, the Forest Service set the plans aside for further study and the proposed road was never built. Mr. Carhart went on to work with conservationist Aldo Leopold. The memorandum detailing their shared approach to preservation became the foundation and heart of the Wilderness concept.

In 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law. It set aside nine million acres of National Forest lands for the use and enjoyment of future generations. Since then, the system has grown to encompass lands in National Parks, Forests and Wildlife Refuges, as well as properties managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Flat Tops Wilderness, home to Trappers Lake, was designated in 1975.

Cyndi Marlowe and Jeff Hall took the photos above during their treks to the lake. DH and I have often traveled out to Trappers Lake to fish, hike, and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. At one point DH thought he wanted to have his ashes scattered at Trappers Lake someday; he eventually settled on a location he's had even BETTER luck with his fishing. I told him he doesn't need to be in a rush - he's got plenty of time on this decision!

Ended up cancelling our Bible study group today and for the foreseeable future. At the state level they've requested that private groups meeting restrict themselves to 10 or fewer, and to no more than 2 different families. It appears the spread in our state is happening when small groups representing different families are getting together and likely not being as cautious about masks, social distancing, etc. We've had a significant spike in our county, and we're only about 3 weeks away from having skiers from all over begin to show up. Since there are a number of people in my Bible study group who have compromised immune systems or live with/assist people in that situation, it feels safer to wait until the numbers go down in our county.

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