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Give back to the Grand County trails you love

How will you give back this year to the trails you love? Nothing in this world is free and some people spend countless hours planning, building and maintaining the trails systems many of us take for granted. Only the selfish among us can refuse to help in some way. In recent years several mostly-volunteer organizations have sprung up to identify and preserve trails used throughout the development of Grand County.

Organizations such as Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails (a volunteer nonprofit organization representing the various motorized and non-motorized disciplines active for over 15 years in Eastern Grand County) and Headwaters Trails Alliance (a government oriented and funded county wide nonprofit organization active for just under 15 years) are our county watchdogs. They work with the Federal agencies like US Forest Service, US Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management and the town and County governments to police and manage our public lands and some recreational opportunities like the Fraser to Granby Trail created on private lands. The County government usually holds easements to protect builders, landowners and users alike. Volunteers band with government workers to maintain what can be a pretty extensive system, some of which is free to users and some of which charge fees.

Opportunities abound to offer a day or even hours of your time to help out. Some are in the form of fun fundraising programs like the Run the Ranches series sponsored by Headwaters every summer or the annual Duckie Race held by FVPT in August. Other opportunities come as hard core workdays like Public Lands Day the last Saturday in September or workdays like those coming up June 1, on the Givelo Trail leading out of Fraser past the Rodeo grounds to the Experimental Forest or June 28, on the Fraser to Granby Trail in the Ten Mile Creek area through Granby Ranch. Work days like this represent partnerships of both public volunteers, government employees and private companies. Locals and visitors alike donate both time and money to these important partnerships – none could do it on their own but together they move mountains.

Come to the Second Annual Trails Night on Thursday evening, May 30 at the Headwaters Trails Alliance Office in Fraser at the Walk Thru History Park on Highway 40. The sign says Fraser Activities Center and what better activity is there than exploring the lands and waters that nature has given us. Come meet people from the volunteer organizations, Federal agencies, town governments and Chambers of Commerce that I have mentioned and see what opportunities each has for you to give back. Time and/or money is all it takes. But the WP/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce has helped draw all these entities together to give YOU, the public, the best opportunity to be able to help. Please sign up in advance so you can share in the complimentary beverages and hors d'ourves by calling Maura McKnight at HTA 970-726-1013, or email mmcknight@co.grand.co.us. Call today and join us on Thursday. Find your way to give back!

See you at Trails Night Thursday night 5-7 p.m.