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Rau: Only YOU can prevent forest fires

Diana Lynn Rau/Grand County Trails
Grand County, CO Colorado

The Sulphur Ranger District reminds campers that permits are required for all overnight stays at Crater Lake and elsewhere in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area fromJune 1 through Sept. 15. Information on these permits can be obtained from the Sulphur Ranger District Visitor Information Desk at 970-887-4100.

There has been increased bear activity in the forest – the bears are seeking food left in vehicles and coolers or even left out at campsites. Remember to keep food and other sensitive items under lock and key and out of reach.

Fire danger has been heightened by increased fuels supply from the wet spring that are now drying out. When camping, please keep a careful eye on your campfire and that of your neighbor. Be sure all campfires are extinguished COMPLETELY! Forest Service crews have come across dozens of abandoned campfires in recent weeks. Don’t forget to check if campfires are even allowed in the area you plan to camp. here is too much fuel in the beetle kill trees prevalent in the forest to leave your fire unattended.

To find out the latest trails affected by wind and rain storms, contact the Visitor Information Desk. Find out where you should and should not be hiking! You can lend a hand to help crews helping clear areas that otherwise not be cleaned up this season.

The Broome Hut on Second Creek now has a foundation and they are now completing backfilling and laying the woodwork for flooring. Crews are working seven days a week and more help is always needed daily. If you can volunteer time to help, e-mail marilyn.anderson@q.com or signup online at http://www.grandhuts.org. There are jobs available for both the strong back and the frail. Sign up or just bring your favorite shovel, lunch, gloves, water, sunscreen and even a hard hat if you have it to the trailhead at mile post 240 on U.S. Highway 40 on west side of Berthoud Pass. These are also milling and prep work jobs in Fraser. Marilyn and Andy can advise what work is needed. Contact Andy at 970-726-4099.

Fall turns our thoughts to wood gathering for winter and Headwater Trails Alliance has trees to be cleared on the Fraser to Granby Trail. To volunteer for ongoing trail work, visit the HTA website at http://www.headwaterstrails.org or call Maura McKnight at 970-726-1013 to schedule you as an individual or your group to help. Trail volunteers can receive community service hours for trail work – call Diana Lynn Rau at 887-0547 to arrange times. Skills with clearing trees are particularly needed and all volunteers can have free wood. Ask about free wood for trail volunteers!

Free bike clinics at SolVista are alternate Saturdays 11 a.m. to noon with Aug. 27, Conquering Steep Terrain and Sept. 10, Jumping Safely and Confidently. Hikers at Granby Ranch can ride the chair lift to the top of Vista Ridge or riders can use the Pump Track next to the Base Camp Lodge for FREE. Ride or hike during the day and see free summer evening concerts Wednesdays and Saturdays on the patio of the Seven Trails Grille. The Mountain States Cup, Sol Survivor is Sept. 2-5 featuring final races in all disciplines of mountain biking: cross-country, downhill, 4-cross, short track and super-d. Call 888-850-4615 or visit http://www.granbyranch.com/bike for more information.

Winter Park Resort wraps up its hugely successful Epic Singletrack race series with the King of the Rockies on Aug. 27. Visit http://www.epicsingletrack.com, call the Winter Park Competition Center at 970-726-1590 or email ccenter@winterparkresort.com to register or get more details. Red Bull Final Descent is Sept. 10, a 12-hour endurance downhill mountain bike challenge on the gnarly terrain in Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park Resort. The individual or team with the most laps wins! Call the Comp Center or 800-729-7902 for prices, details and registration or visit http://www.skiwinterpark.com. The summer season Winter Park will close on Labor Day but will have extended weekend operations thru Sept. 25.

The Shining Stars is hosting a duathlon Sept. 10 at the YMCA of the Rockies featuring a run-bike Kids Race for 12 and under and a Run-bike-run for adult individuals or teams. Enjoy prizes, food and live music. Register online thru the website http://www.shiningstarsfoundation.org or call Cookie at 970-726-8009.

Save the date – National Public Lands Day is Sept. 24 with registration at the YMCA of the Rockies. If you use the local trails system, plan to give back! Projects this year include the RMNP Bowen Gulch Connector Trail, USFS tree planting at Stillwater campground, BLM Colorado River cleanup, the BLM Hurd Peak Trail, reroute by HTA on the popular Flume Trail, and USFS turnpike construction on Blizzard Pass. For more information and to sign up, call or email USFS BJ Duffy 970-887-4120 bjduffy@fs.fed.us or HTA Maura McKnight 970-726-1013 hta@headwaterstrails.org .

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