Posted on July 19, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Volunteers on a previous project work on a Golden Horseshoe Trail. Photo courtesy Chris Bales.
Volunteers wanted to help complete key trail connection in the Golden Horseshoe
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — After years of planning, the shovels and picks will hit the dirt this summer to build a key trail connection in the 9,000-acre Golden Horseshoe area, just outside Breckenridge.
On the weekend of Aug. 4 – 5, hundreds of volunteers, coordinated by Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado, will gather to refurbish the Galena Ditch, built more than 100 years ago to convey water to area mines. When finished, the new trail segment will give hikers and mountain bikers a connection between the popular Horseshoe Dredge Trailhead, the three forks of the Swan River and the Colorado Trail.
The effort is being coordinated by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado in partnership with Breckenridge and Summit County and a few more volunteers are needed. (more…)
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Posted on September 9, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Give back to Colorado's high country trails with a volunteer effort at Keystone.
Volunteers wanted for trail work, bridge-building projects in the Homestead area
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Keystone-area trails will get some TLC next week when Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado holds one of its trademark work parties at the historic Keystone Homestead. Along with trail work, the Sept. 17-18 event includes live music, and educational activities for young children. The project is in partnership with Friends of the Dillon Ranger District.
Keystone’s world class trail system, with views of the Continental Divide and Ten Mile Range is being loved to death, and some of the trails have also suffered water damage. The weekend effort will focus on restoring damaged trail as well as building several bridges on three trails that originate at the historic Keystone Homestead and continue into the White River National Forest. (more…)
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Posted on July 21, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Two-day project aims to re-route and restore Little Mountain trails
You can show your love for Summit County's lands and trails with some volunteer time this weekend in Breckenridge.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A few more volunteers are needed to help give some of Breckenridge’s Little Mountain trail system some well-deserved TLC. A huge volunteer effort is set for July 23-24, when more than a hundred pairs of helping hands will re-route and restore eroded trail sections to ensure safe and sustainable routes for visitors. Additional volunteers are still needed.
The work runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day with check-in at the southeast end of the Stephen C West Ice Arena, along Boreas Pass Road. Volunteers can pre-register at www.voc.org or register on-site. The minimum age to participate is 14. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and bring water. Free camping and food are provided for volunteers, and Saturday evening will include a celebration with a local band. (more…)
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Posted on April 26, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
New organization aims to engage 1 million Coloradans in volunteer efforts
- Public lands in Colorado need your help.
By Bob Berwyn
Volunteers in Colorado donated 1.3 million hours of their time in 2010 to care for habitats, build trails, preserve historic structures, educate youth and adults about the environment and staff visitor. The combined value of these efforts is nearly $28 million, according to a new report released by the Colorado Stewardship Advisory Council.
Hundreds of people came to the State Capitol April 21 to celebrate those efforts on April 21, designated by Governor John Hickenloope Outdoor Stewardship Day. The purpose was to raise awareness about the important role of volunteerism plays in protecting and preserving state and national Parks, national forests and BLM lands. (more…)
Filed under: BLM, Colorado, Colorado State Parks, Environment, forests, national parks, public lands, Summit County Colorado, US Forest Service, White River National Forest | Tagged: BLM, Colorado, Colorado State Parks, Gov. John Hickenlooper, public lands stewardship, Summit County News, US Forest Service, Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado | Leave a Comment »
Posted on March 25, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Outdoors group plans 40 projects this summer
Help out with a trail project this summer!
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — If you’re starting to make some plans for summer vacation, consider giving something back to Colorado’s natural resources by volunteering to help plant trees Denver, restore the popular Hanging Lake trail in Glenwood Springs, re-forest campgrounds hit by pine beetles in Summit County, or preserve an historic cabin on National Forest land in Durango.
These are just a few of the more than 40 upcoming volunteer opportunities offered by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado in 2011. The group’s 2011 offers a variety of opportunities for thousands of volunteers of all skill levels to get involved, from late March through October, in locations throughout the State. (more…)
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Posted on September 5, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
At the end of the Hanging Lake Trail is an emerald oasis. PHOTO VIA WIKIPEDIA AND THE CREATIVE COMMONS.
135 volunteers needed for Sept. 18-19 trail-building session
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Hanging Lake Trail is a popular spot for travelers along the I-70 corridor. Once you’ve finished the short, steep climb and you’re resting beside the emerald pools or cooling off in the spray of a moss-draped waterfall, it’s hard to believe you’re within a couple of miles of a busy interstate highway.
But some 80,000 visitors per year have taken a toll on the trail, which has resulted in some serious erosion on the steep slopes in the spectacular canyon. The area is being restored, and to put some of the finishing touches on the trail, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is looking for a huge grassroots effort on Sept. 18 and Sept. 19. (more…)
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