Trail Crew Leaders Wanted
Trail Crew Leader
Do you ride, hike or run on Boulder Countyâ€™s multi-use trails? Parks and Open Space is looking for volunteers to lead trail construction and maintenance projects. This opportunity allows you to meet and work with other trail users, gain leadership experience, and provide a worthwhile service to your community. Volunteers must be 18 years or older, attend a two-day trail crew leader training scheduled for late April, and commit to working a minimum of two trail projects between May and October.
For more information and an application, contact Fletcher Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-678-6344.
Application deadline is May 12.
National Forest directed to improve trails with volunteers
FEBRUARY 11, 2015
National Forest Trail Bill Introduced
On February 10, 2015, Congresswomen Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN) re-introduced the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (H.R.845). The bill would direct the Forest Service to take several actions to help address the current trail maintenance backlog that is adversely impacting all trail users on many national forests. The bill was first introduced during the last Congress. The American Horse Council, Backcountry Horsemen of America, and the Wilderness Society were significantly involved in the creation of this bill. A June 2013, study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Forest Service has deferred trail maintenance needs that exceed half-billion dollars, and only one-quarter of the agency’s 158,000 miles of trails meets agency standards for maintenance. This maintenance backlog is causing access and safety issues for equestrians and all trail users on national forests. The National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act would direct the Forest Service to develop a strategy to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in maintaining national forest trails. It will also provide outfitters and guides the ability to perform trail maintenance activities in lieu of permit fees. Additionally, the bill would address a liability issue that has discouraged some national forests from utilizing volunteers and partner organizations to help perform trail maintenance and would direct the Forest Service to identify and prioritize specific areas with the greatest need for trail maintenance in the national forest system. In the current fiscal environment it is unlikely Congress will appropriate additional funds to directly address the trail maintenance backlog. This bill will help improve trail maintenance without the need for additional funding. The bill is supported by the AHC and many other recreation organizations. View Full Article on AHC Website
Monthly Meeting: Monday, February 23, at Louisville Alfalfa’s
The Boulder Area Trails Coalition (BATCO) has its regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 23 at 7 p.m. at the Louisville Alfalfa’s grocery store meeting room.
Our special guest this month will be Tracy Winfree, Interim Director of the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks. Tracy brings a long history of successful projects and negotiations for the City of Boulder’s Transportation Department, and is breathing a new attitude of “Yes We Can!” into a department not exactly known for its positive atmosphere. Please plan to come to the meeting and share your priorities for OSMP!
We will also be discussing the latest developments in the plan for trails at Joder Ranch and the North TSA, an update on Boulder County Parks & Open Space’s trail plan at AHI/Double Dove, and other projects. We will also attend to some important matters such as social media and end user outreach, our bag credit promotion at Ideal Market in Boulder, and updates on the sales of the new 2015 BATCO map. All are welcome – please come with any other topics that you would like to discuss, or just to learn more!
The Louisville Alfalfa’s is located at 785 E. South Boulder Rd., which is on the northwest corner of South Boulder Rd. and Centennial Dr. just north of Old Town Louisville. The meeting room is in the rear of the store, on the right side and up a flight of stairs to the 2nd floor.
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Construction on Anemone Trail to start Monday, July 7
Starting on Monday, July 7, the Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department will begin a trail project that will extend the Anemone Trail west of Boulder and also restore native vegetation in the trail area.
The completed trail project will provide about 3.2 miles of designated trail access for pedestrians and equestrians* along the city’s mountain backdrop. It will also revegetate more than nine miles of unsustainable and undesignated trails that crisscross the area surrounding the Anemone Trail.
To protect visitors and help restore native grasses, flowers and other vegetation in the area, the entire Anemone Hill area will be closed beginning Monday. This planned closure was included in the West TSA management plan, which the Boulder City Council approved in 2011. When OSMP completes the Anemone Trail project, which is expected to occur in April 2015, visitors will be required to remain on the newly designated trail.
The Open Space Board of Trustees and community members identified the Anemone Trail project, along with the closure and revegetation of user-created trails, as being a beneficial project during the development of the West Trail Study Area (TSA) management plan. That plan guides recreational uses and related wildlife and ecosystems protections for the City of Boulder’s trail system along the peaks west of Boulder.
* For equestrians, of course, there’s no place to park your trailer within 10 miles of this area, so unless you happen to live right next door to the Anemone area, or unless you want to ride 20 miles each way plus the six miles of new trail, you will be SOL — but then, that’s exactly Council’s wish for you.
Please Come to the “No to the Rights of Nature” Meeting Weds 5/21
All trail advocates are urged to attend tonight’s Planning Commission meeting on the Rights of Nature:
Wednesday, May 21 7pm
Boulder County Courthouse, 3rd Floor
A small group of so-called “rights of nature” extremists are trying to take over Boulder County by inserting a phrase or two in the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan (BCCP) ascribing “rights” to ecosystems and everything in them. BATCO has studied this matter in depth and the Board has come out firmly AGAINST this concept as we believe it would cripple all present and future use of trails and Open Space, among other problems.
Please come to the meeting and join us in the fight against this concept. The meeting will start at 7pm and will run until everyone has had their say (3 minutes each; if anyone would be willing to pool their time with us that would be terrific, but you have to stay even if you have given up your time). If you absolutely can’t come to the meeting, please write the Planning Commission c/o Pete Fogg at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask that your message be delivered to the Planning Commission before the meeting.
You can refer to our letter, below, and/or the Guest Commentary that ran in today’s Camera, for more information. http://www.dailycamera.com/opinion
Thanks. Hope to see you there.