SUMMIT COUNTY — Long-range planning for a potential paved trail connection between Breckenridge and Alma, in Park County, continues this month with a pair of community workshops aimed at reviewing a draft plan prepared by a Boulder consultant.
Summit County open space and trail planners said in a press release that previous rounds of input from various stakeholders, including landowners in the area, has resulted in the development of a couple of alignment options, none of which are “set in stone” at this stage.
These community workshops are a chance for Summit and Park County residents to take a look at the proposed draft plan and give their feedback.
The workshops are set for Tuesday, March 19 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. at Alma Town Hall (59 E. Buckskin) and Wednesday, March 20 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. at Breckenridge Town Hall.
For more information, please contact Katie Kent of the Summit County Open Space and Trails Department at (970) 668-4092 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open space vision aims to connect cities with wildlife refuges, parks and open space
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — A $1.7 million grant from the federal government will help move the metro Denver area closer to the final vision of the Rocky Mountain Greenway, with uninterrupted trails and open space connecting communities in the region.
“The Rocky Mountain Greenway is a shining example of what happens when strong federal, state, local and private partnerships align to take the vision of this uninterrupted trail and open space network and turn it into a reality for the Denver metropolitan area,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement. “Already we’ve constructed important links in the Greenway, and today’s funding will help complete another critical section to connect Denver’s hundreds of miles of trails.” Continue reading “$1.7 million grant boosts Rocky Mountain Greenway”→
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.
Last year more about $1.7 million was awarded to build and maintain recreational trails
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Applications for the 2012 Recreational Trails Grants are now available online for local, county and state governments, federal agencies, recreation and metro districts and non-profit organizations that are involved in maintaining Colorado’s diverse system of trails or planning and building new routes.
Funding for the Recreational Trails Program comes from Great Outdoors Colorado, the Colorado Lottery, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Federal Highway Administration.
Two-day project aims to re-route and restore Little Mountain trails
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. Continue reading “Breckenridge: Help wanted on Little Mountain trail project”→
Changes in the Josie’s Cabin area could warrant permitting group special event use
By Summit Voice
BRECKENRIDGE — A corner of the Cucumber Gulch wetlands that was once relatively peaceful has become much busier with construction of new trails in the area. As a result, the Breckenridge Open Space Advisory Commission will consider whether to open a trail that descends from Gold Digger/ Interstate to Josie’s Cabin, then ascends to the overlook for special events.
Required lynx study submitted for review just last week; status quo on local trails this summer
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — A Forest Service plan that would address management of trails and roads across the White River National Forest is still on hold pending final review of a lynx study.
The travel management plan has been in the works for eight years. Agency rangers and interested users were anticipating a spring release of the document, with implementation — including new signage — due this summer, but the Forest Service just completed the required lynx study last week and delivered it to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Grand Junction for review.
The plan determines if and where new roads will be developed, which old roads will be retired, and where ATVs, dirt bikes and other vehicles will and will not be allowed. It covers all all 3,000 miles of roads and 1,600 miles of trails on the Forest.
Kurt Broderdorp, the federal biologist charged with reviewing the study, said he’s not sure how long it will take for his agency to respond. Forest Service officials now say they may be able to release the travel plan later this summer, perhaps in July or August. Once the final version is approved by the White River forest supervisor, their is still a public comment period and the potential for appeal that could further delay implementation. Continue reading “White River forest travel plan delayed again”→