Diana Lynn Rau: Grand County trails update
June 14, 2012
Adopt-A-Trail and Headwaters Alliance
Volunteers are so appreciated. The Trails Night held in May offered opportunities for people to sign up to help with projects all summer. Not everyone showed up as promised but those that have come have helped produce many improvements.
U. S. Forest Service’s Andy Borek, who heads up Adopt-A-Trail program, still has many trails that need adopting. Please call him at 970-509-9103 to see if your favorite trail is available. Adopting means trash pickup, repairing spring runoff damage, and slash and brush removal.
Some trails need a little more and Andy can provide the expertise to help keep your trail in good condition.
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. We often tout how many miles of trails we have in the valley – someone has to help keep them useable and beautiful. Volunteers are uploading their pictures to the website http://www.headwaterstrails.org so take a look at the work being done.
Keep it clean
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 – non-motorized 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 Abuse of that promise to these landowners could mean that trail permission is withdrawn.
U.S. Forest Service, BLM, National Park Service
These government agencies are working hard to try to alleviate beetle-kill problems as fast as they can. 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 and please obey signs indicating such closures or warnings. They also need volunteers so ask about upcoming opportunities.
• USFS: 970-887-4100
• BLM: 970-724-3000
• Rocky Mountain National Park: 970-627-3471
Work is progressing for the 2012 building season with a full schedule of volunteer needs through the summer. Please visit http://www.Grandhuts.org to sign up. Plug yourself in wherever you would be most useful.
Helicopter day June 1 lifted supplies for the work ahead so come help us out. Volunteers will be working seven days a week until October so check out the website, call Andy 970-531-0674 or email Patrick Gnehm, volunteer coordinator, at Patrick.email@example.com.
Visit the website to see the new fundraiser – “Build the Hut with Pixels.” If you can’t volunteer your time, buy a $20 block of pixels to complete the Hut construction picture.
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 this weekend June 16 featuring the Epic Singletrack first race of the season – the legendary Hill Climb – starting at 10 a.m. Visit http://www.winterparkresort.com for more information and schedule, call the winter Park competition Center at 970-726-1590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org..
The Habitat Hobble is scheduled for June 16 beginning and ending at Cooper Creek Square. They are offering both a 5K and 10K event followed by a fun party, food and silent auction. Visit the Winter Park Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce website http://www.playwinterpark.com, call 970-726-4118 for more details or send an email to email@example.com.
If you have information to share about trails events in Grand County, please call Diana Lynn Rau at 970-887-0547 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.