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New Grand County group looks to advocate for multi-use trails

Hank Shell
hshell@skyhidailynews.com

Members of the United Network for Public Access at a recent cleanup day at the Wolford Mountain Area in Kremmling. The group hopes to advocate for multi-use trails in and around Grand County.

In a place like Grand County, with so many multi-use recreation areas and so many interests competing to use them, there's bound to be some conflict.

Now, a local group is working to coalesce those interests into one unified voice.

The United Network for Public Access is a nascent, Grand County-based organization that's working to promote and develop balanced and sustainable single-track and multiple use access to public lands in and around Grand County.

"We're really trying to promote better behavior amongst multi-use type people," said Kacey Smith with the UNPA. "We're all out to recreate and have a good time, and there's no reason we can't all have a good time on the trail."

Members hope the group will be a powerful tool for those who have an interest in multi-use trails in Grand County.

"The point of forming a group or organization is, we are working toward maintaining the existing trail network and hopefully expanding trail networks in this county," said Joe Kelley, UNPA member and general manager at Power World in Granby.

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The members of the group range from Nordic skiers to dirt bikers and everything in between, said Ron Cousineau with UNPA.

The group will be traveling to Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office in Leadville on Thursday, Nov. 6, to advocate for multiuse trails in Lake, Chaffee, Freemont, Teller, Custer and Park counties.

"Like most folks we enjoy recreating everywhere," Cousineau said.

Though the group seeks to operate in areas outside Grand, its main focus is within the county, Cousineau said.

The group will also participate in service projects, Cousineau said, and recently held a cleanup at the Wolford Mountain Area in Kremmling.

The group is seeking new members and hopes to start working with federal agencies in Grand County soon.

"As we become better organized this winter, we want to make contact with our federal agencies to find out how we can be a part of a sustainable and vibrant multi-use trail system throughout Grand County and the surrounding areas," Cousineau said.

To learn more about the UNPA or to become a member, send an email to theunpa@hotmail.com or visit its Facebook page.

Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.

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