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Grand County Master Trails Plan open for public comment

Hank Shell
hshell@skyhidailynews.com

The Headwaters Trails Alliance has released the final draft of its Grand County Master Trails Plan for public comment.

The 114-page document delineates four overarching goals that HTA hopes to accomplish in the Winter Park/Fraser subarea regarding the improvement, development and management of trails for a variety of users.

Those goals are supported by objectives, which are in turn supported by benchmarks and potential projects.

HTA Executive Director Meara Michel said she encouraged commentators to make note of the goals, objectives, benchmarks and potential projects contained in the final draft.

The list of potential projects could also change based on public comments, Michel said.

Michel added that funding is still a huge priority for HTA. The organization needs to triple in size to accomplish the potential projects in the final draft within 10 years, she said.

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"All of these proposed projects are subject to funding and capacity building in general, and so if funds are not raised then none of this can really be accomplished," Michel said.

HTA completed the draft after months of outreach with land management agencies, local government officials and trail users in the Fraser Valley.

Data for the county's two other sub areas, Grand Lake/Granby and Kremmling/Hot Sulphur Springs, will be added after outreach efforts are completed in those areas.

View the draft at headwaterstrails.org.

All public comments must be submitted by Aug. 7.

Comments can be sent via email to mmichel@co.grand.co.us or by regular mail to P.O. Box 946 Granby, CO 80446. Comments can also be dropped off at the HTA office in Fraser.

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