BLM seeking volunteers to help construct trail
July 6, 2007
Steamboat Springs — The Bureau of Land Management is seeking the public’s help in building a four-mile trail on Emerald Mountain.
Construction is to begin July 15.
“Basically we need to do everything associated with building a trail, including flagging, clearing brush and vegetation and a lot of dirt work,” said Gina Robison, the BLM’s outdoor recreation planner.
When finished, the Emerald Mountain Ridge Trail will border two recreational zones designated for mountain biking, Nordic skiing, wildlife viewing, hiking, hunting, horseback riding and walking. The trail’s grade is expected to be 10 percent or less, which will require a lot of work, she said.
Construction of the trail is scheduled to take about four weeks to complete, she said.
“The more people we have, the more we can get done,” she said. “This is our first go at it and we’re hoping for some great ground breaking work.”
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Volunteers with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and Routt County Riders also are working on the trail, she said.
BLM officials have hosted a field trip to educate the public about current and future projects on the more than 4,100-acre parcel of the mountain the BLM acquired from the Colorado State Land Board in January.
Creating the Ridge Trail, which is included in the BLM’s Recreation Area Management Plan for Emerald Mountain, has been a priority, she said.
“It’s going to be a lot of work, but it’ll be worth it,” she said.
In addition to the Ridge Trail, BLM officials also are putting in two new gates to allow better equestrian and hiker access on Cow Creek Road at the Ridge Trail and Humble Ranch Trail parking areas.
Those interested in working on the trail project should call 826-5083.
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