Sarvis Creek Wilderness Expansion
The Trappers Lake Group of the Colorado Sierra Club is proposing an expansion of the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area. The Sarvis Creek Wilderness, 47,140 acres, became official in 1993. The expansion would add 7,200 acres to the existing wilderness area. It would include the lower portion of the Green Creek drainage so that all the National Forest land in the Green Creek drainage would be in the wilderness area. It's boundaries would be Harrison Creek to the north and the existing Sarvis Creek Wilderness to the east and south.
The Sarvis Creek Wilderness expansion has remained in a pristine state because of the difficulty of access. As the Yampa Valley becomes more popular for recreation, people will be attracted to this area. A wilderness designation would protect the land and its wildlife in a natural state, while protecting an important watershed for the wild and scenic Yampa River.
Wildlife is abundant in the Green Creek drainage. There is a significant elk herd in the this area, estimated at 250 to 300 elk. The other species are typical of sub-alpine habitat, pine squirrels, pine martin, snowshoe hare, red-tailed hawks, mink, black bear, mountain lions. Bighorn sheep spent a winter here. Green Creek has a healthy population of brook trout.
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