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Diana Lynn Rau: Help maintain Grand County’s beauty

Diana Lynn Rau / Grand County Trails
Grand County CO Colorado

Hope you were able to attend Grand County Trails Night where many of our local trails groups talked about current projects and how you can get involved. The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce organized a season kickoff with Adopt-A-Trail, Headwaters Trails Alliance, Arapaho Roosevelt Pawnee Foundation, Bureau of Land Management, Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails, Grand County Wilderness Group, Grand Mountain Bike Alliance, Rocky Mountain National Park, U.S. Forest Service, and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado who have organized projects though out the summer months. All were talking sign-ups and e-mail or phone contacts to keeps in touch with folks interested in giving back to help our local trails systems and make our outdoors safer, while maintaining Grand County’s natural beauty. If you couldn’t make the meeting, please contact one of these organizations to learn about how to best use and help maintain the lands we too often take for granted.

If you have time to go play in the woods, there are simple things you can do to help out. Pick up after your dog or horse on the trails. Clear slash that has fallen or trash that has been left on the trails. Leave signs and markers alone – they are put there to inform or mark locations. Observe the intended usage of trails – nonmotorized means just that and we have gained access to trail right-of-way under that pretense. Abuse of that promise to these landowners could mean that trail permission is withdrawn.

Come visit the new Headwaters Trails Alliance office at the old Fraser Visitors Center. Call Maura McKnight at 970-726-1013 to plan your volunteer day and leave some place more beautiful than you found it. Please report trail problems and scope out a trail to adopt with the HTA – U.S. Forest Service Adopt-A-Trail program headed by Andy Borek 970-887-4147.

The U.S. Forest Service, BLM, and U.S. Park Service are government agencies working hard to alleviate beetle-kill problems. They all ask for patience from the public when areas are marked closed for clearing downed and dangerous trees. They are concerned for safety issues and don’t want to see people injured from falling debris as happened several times last year. Call ahead to inquire about closures. Please obey signs indicating such closures or warnings.

Broome Hut

Work began Memorial Day weekend for the 2012 building season at Broome Hut. Volunteers are needed throughout the summer on projects. Visit http://www.Grandhuts.org to sign up. Helicopter day is June 1 to lift supplies for the work ahead.

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Bike Granby Ranch

The bike park is now open with new trails and new equipment. Check out their website at http://www.granbyranch.com for more information on events including free bike clinics every Saturday. Free chair lift rides are offered to hikers.

Winter Park Resort

The Winter Park Resort opens for the summer June 16 featuring Epic Singletrack’s first race of the season – the legendary Hill Climb. Visit http://www.winterparkresort.com for more information and schedule.

Running Races

The Habitat Hobble is scheduled for June 16 beginning and ending at Cooper Creek Square. Organizers are offering both a 5K and 10K course followed by a party, food, and silent auction. Visit the Winter Park Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce website http://www.playwinterpark.com, or call 970-726-4118 for more details and to sign up.

Ride the Rockies in Granby

Once again Ride the Rockies is coming to Granby June 13-14. Plan to help welcome almost 5,000 people to our area by volunteering or set up your business as a vendor at “Party in the Park” located in the Granby Polhamus Park. Contact 970-887-2311 for more details or visit http://www.granbychamber.com.

If you have information to share about trails events in Grand County, please contact me 970-887-0547 dianalrau@gmail.com.

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