Diana Lynn Rau: Stop to smell the lupine
Grand County, CO Colorado
The wildflowers are absolutely incredible wherever you look. Our late, wet spring has rolled spring flowers into blooming with early summer flowers.
Fewer trees have given more sunshine and space to fields of lupine and penstemon with beautiful patches of yellow stonecrop and white sulfur buckwheat. Scarlet gilia, purple asters, and different yarrows (to name a few) make great accents in every field. This is the best year in a long time for mountain wildflowers so don’t forget your camera whenever you go outside.
Funded for trail work by the Sprout Fund of the Grand Foundation, Headwaters Trails Alliance is still recruiting volunteers to help finish the Fraser to Granby Trail. Trail work days on new sections are currently being set up. On existing sections of the trail, volunteer work days in August are set up to install culverts and do other cleanup and maintenance work to keep this valuable community link functioning smoothly.
Details on these work days with various youth groups will be posted on http://www.headwaterstrails.org or call Maura McKnight at 970-726-1013 to schedule you as an individual or your group to help.
Aug. 6 is a big workday coming up. Trail volunteers can receive Community service hours for trail work – call Diana Lynn Rau at 970-887-0547 to arrange times. Skills with clearing trees are particularly needed and all volunteers can have free wood. Ask about FREE wood for trail volunteers.
Watch for details about the Headwaters Run the Ranches series starting Aug. 14 at Drowsy Water Ranch. For more info about the series, visit the HTA website.
Construction work on the Broome Hut on Second Creek is progressing with milling of paneling and work with beams in Fraser and Idlewild, staging for the big move and revegetation at the hut site. If you can volunteer time to help, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or signup online at http://www.grandhuts.org.
Andy Miller, project coordinator, says they are desperate for volunteers sometimes for short periods of time at different locations. They need people to help repair and revegetate the area damaged by equipment used to dig leachfields, etc.. Bring your favorite shovel, lunch, gloves, water, sunscreen and even a hardhat if you have it to the trailhead at mile post 240 on US 40 on west side of Berthoud Pass. Marilyn and Andy can advise what work is needed. Contact Andy at 970-726-4099.
The U.S. Forest Service announced that the next scheduled open date for St. Louis Lake and Mount Nystrom Aug. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 7. This allows people to camp at St Louis Lake if they want to. Expect snow and wet conditions.
Please use some common sense in the backcountry or you might just spoil things for everyone.
Diana Lynn Rau is vice president Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails and a founding member and consultant to Headwaters Trails Alliance.
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West Grand seniors Rene Dominguez, right, and Angel Dominguez pass the baton during one of the nighttime relays at the 2021 Joe Shields Invitational at WGHS.