Rau: An opportunity to give back to the Fraser Valley on National Trails Day
Grand County Trails
Saturday is National Trails Day. Headwaters Trails Alliance is working with the town of Fraser to complete some much needed trail work on the Fraser River Trail from the HTA office access near the road crossing at County Road 804 (Safeway Center light) over to County Road 8.
The trail and bridges are narrow and wander in and out of the bushes following the Fraser River. Volunteers are needed to stain bridges, rebuild trail in eroded areas and do vegetation management.
Please give a hand and meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the HTA office just off Highway 40 at the Walk Through History Park. The group will work until about 3 p.m. or however long possible. Families are encouraged to attend.
Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes and bring raingear, sunscreen, water and a lunch. HTA will provide leather gloves and tools and will have snacks and beverages available at the office after the project.
Check out the HTA office if you’ve never stopped by – great maps and fliers as well as a place to sit down and chat about trails in the Fraser Valley and beyond. The office is well used to coordinate projects like this workday and several organizations hold their meetings there. So spread the word about National Trails Day and come on out and lend a hand. Call 970-726-1013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know you can help, even if it’s just a couple of hours.
Flowers bloom in the sun
Last week I described a flower spotted by local Naturalist Patricia Berman and I as Prairie Smoke when, in fact, it was Golden Smoke with it’s little yellow flowers hanging below the greenery. Prairie Smoke has rose colored flowers that hang down, usually in groups of three to a stem. Everyone needs a good flower book or Naturalist friend!
In search of more newly emerging flowers, Patricia took last week’s recommendation and hiked Cascade Creek Trail to the falls on May 30. There was a small snowfield just before the falls where she spotted Pussytoes, Heart-leaved Arnica, Springbeauty, Glacier Lily and Grape Holly. The Calypso (Fairy) Orchids were just getting started but were not yet in bloom. A couple days later she hiked North Inlet Trail in RMNP where she spotted a gorgeous moose and blooming Calypso (Fairy) Orchids.
Be cautious, moose are everywhere with their young and you don’t want to mess with Mama Moose.
Trails are muddy and soggy from all the rain and melting snow. Please give them a chance to dry out. The rivers are approaching runoff stage with lots more yet to come. Be cautious and be prepared!
Contractors will be processing, skidding and moving logs right next to the Kauffman Creek Road starting in June. Please give heavy equipment and logging trucks extra room and expect delays. Hauling is limited to weekdays but heavy equipment will be active seven days a week. Call the Forest Service hotline at 970-887-4100 to keep up to date .Sign up for email updates.
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