Headwaters Trails Alliance wraps up productive 2014 field season
Headwaters Trails Alliance is wrapping up an amazing 2014 field season with historical amounts of work accomplished on Grand County trails. Thanks to the support of funders and volunteers alike, Grand County trails saw much needed maintenance and improvements during the past several months.
Record amounts of field work took place through the local Adopt a Trail Program, which is run in collaboration between HTA and the Sulphur Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service. Headwaters Trails Alliance assumed management of the Adopt a Trail Program this summer thanks to the generous support of Grand County. Under this program, more than 2,000 hours of service work was performed on over 300 miles of Forest Service trails in the last four months.
The Ski Conservation Fund run through Winter Park Resort and the National Forest Foundation (NFF) saw another $20,000 awarded to HTA for trail work in the national forest. The funding allowed HTA to hire Rocky Mountain Youth Corps for two weeks and helped fund a new bridge over Ranch Creek on the South Fork Loop Trail. NFF funding also allowed for the lease of a trail counter, and HTA was able to conduct trail use counts throughout the summer, something that has never been done locally.
Grand Foundation helped HTA fund trailhead development in the Town of Winter Park, which now offers beautiful new information kiosks at three parking areas near trail systems. Through their annual Grand Gala, the Grand Foundation has contributed another $10,000 to HTA toward trail enhancements.
Thanks to a $33,000 State Trails Grant awarded to HTA, almost 100 newly designed trail signs replaced old, faded signs along 27 miles of in-town trails. National Environmental Education Foundation funded HTA events such as the 2014 Continental Divide Trail Day and the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) Trail Care Crew weekend. The IMBA event brought in community leaders, federal land management agencies, local trails groups and volunteers at large for a four-day, unprecedented event in the Fraser Valley, and resulted in a newly rerouted WTB Trail. Grand County Colorado Tourism Board and Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails helped HTA provide funding for the 20th anniversary of the Grand County National Public Lands Day (NPLD), which saw over 200 volunteers from around the state working on our precious public recreation areas. Headwaters’ NPLD project resulted in an improved Creekside Trail, now allowing for a much smoother ride; go check it out!
The Town of Fraser, who not only provides operating funds but so generously houses the HTA offices at its Outdoor Activity Center, has provided the beautiful landscape for many HTA-hosted trails events throughout the year including the annual Trails Night, Trail Care Crew workshops, Adopt-a-Trail gatherings and more. Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District donated a work truck to replace our ailing, old one as well as providing general operating funds. The Forte Foundation and the towns of Winter Park, Grand Lake and Kremmling also provided operating funds to help make all of this happen. A huge round of applause goes to youth groups at Timberline Lodge and the YMCA’s Leadership Training Program for continuing to support HTA’s mission to promote, enhance, and construct multi-use trails in Grand County.
All-in-all HTA completed over 3,000 hours of trail work this field season alone, an amazing accomplishment for a small non-profit organization! We are now gearing up to improve the local grooming program and to finalize the Master Trails Plan. To learn how you can get involved, call us at 970-726-1013 or visit us at: headwaterstrails.org.
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