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Bean: Duck race to fund trail projects

Erica Bean
Headwaters Trailer

It's that time of year, time to get all your ducks in a row! This year, Headwaters Trails Alliance is hosting the annual Fraser Valley Duckie Race! Previously, this fundraiser was hosted by Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails (FVPT), a volunteer trail organization dedicated to writing grants, funding materials for trail projects, and serving the interests of the many trail users of the Fraser Valley. FVPT started the Duckie Race Fundraiser in 1997. This fun event was created to fund the materials for maintenance of the multi-use trails in the Fraser Valley.

For years, FVPT has been a very important part of the community with trails and outdoor recreation. In 1994, FVPT started as a volunteer organization for the Fraser Valley shortly after the first trail volunteer organization in Grand County, Grand Lake Partnership for trails. These organizations were created in order to have trail representatives for each end of Grand County. Both volunteer organizations recognized the importance of trails in Grand County, as well as their benefit towards connectivity to the different townships. Some of the wonderful accomplishments of FVPT include the construction, as well as maintenance of the Givelo Trail in Fraser, the start of National Public Lands Day in Grand County in 1995, as well as the start of Headwaters Trails Alliance in 1996.

In recognition of the need of a County-wide trails organization, HTA was formed through the efforts of Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails and Grand Lake Partnersip for Trails and with the support of the Grand County Board of Commissioners, the Grand County Planning Commission, and the individuals and groups who served on the Headwaters Trails Committee.

Headwaters Trails Alliance has become the leading trail agency in the County. It is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the advocacy of trails in Grand County. HTA's mission is to identify, maintain, and expand an accessible, interconnecting trail system in Grand County for appropriate multi-user groups. HTA's goals include collaborating on local, state and national levels to bring funding and other resources to Grand County for the benefit our local trail system.

In the Spring of 2016, FVPT and HTA decided to merge and combine efforts to fund trail projects and have leading roles of trail funding, management, and the maintenance of the multi-use trails throughout the entirety of Grand County.

This year, FVPT decided to turn the Duckie Race Fundraiser to HTA with the same goals of funding materials for trail projects and the further advancement of trails in Grand County.

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The multi-use trails of Grand County are a huge part of the community, bringing tourism to Grand County, supporting the economy, and providing a number of different recreational activities throughout the area. The advancement of trails in the County not only provide better recreational experience for tourists and locals, but also provide a higher economic value to the townships and local businesses.

This year HTA is holding this fun event racing "duckies" down the Fraser River on Saturday, August 27. The proceeds of the duckie purchases will go directly to the trails of Grand County. Your duckie purchases are a great way to give back to the trails and support the community. With your continued support of trails throughout the County we can better enhance and support our economy, tourism and recreational experience for all trail users.

For further information on how to purchase duckies and other ways to support the local trails throughout Grand County, please contact Headwaters Trails Alliance at 970-726-1013 or email us at hta@headwaterstrails.org.

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