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$100K grant awarded to help maintain Steamboat Springs area trails

Proceeds from the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund were used to make improvements to the Fish Creek Falls Trail.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Yampa Valley Community Foundation has gotten a $100,000 boost toward its goal of raising $1.5 million to maintain area trails.

That brings the total amount raised during the 10-year fundraising campaign to $339,335, and the goal is to raise enough money to take care of non-motorized trails in perpetuity.

"Trail maintenance is not a one-time project and it's fixed," Helen Beall said. "It's ongoing."

Beall is the marketing manager for the Community Foundation and is heading up fundraising efforts for the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund, which was launched as millions of dollars were being invested in new trails used by cyclists, hikers and equestrians.

The $100,000 contribution came in the form of a grant from the Lennox Foundation. It is a quiet, private foundation based in Delaware that Beall said has anonymous local ties.

In 2015, the Lennox Foundation gave a $25,000 grant to the Yampa Valley Gives incentive program.

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Beall said the Lennox Foundation is composed of board members from 10 states, including Colorado.

If the fundraising goal of $1.5 million is reached for the endowment fund, it will allow about $67,500 to be given out annually for maintenance projects.

Beall said those annual funds can also be used to apply for future grants that require cash matches.

"That will go a long way," Beall said.

According to land managers, the funding will allow them to maintain 650 miles of existing trails and 100 miles of proposed trails.

Endowment fundraising efforts were successful in 2017 with two campaigns that each had $10,000 matches. There was also a $5,000 matching campaign.

Smaller fundraising efforts have also contributed to the endowment goal.

Routt County Riders donated the proceeds from map sales. There were contributions from the Steamboat Town Challenge mountain bike race series as well as the Steamboat Springs Running Series.

"All those things just add up," Beall said.

Another $10,000 challenge grant campaign will occur this summer.

This year, proceeds from the endowment fund will be used to fund $4,300 worth of projects. The popular Uranium Trail near Fish Creek Falls was awarded $2,000, and $2,300 will be spent for the Wyoming Trail near Summit Lake in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area.

More information about the endowment fund can be found at yvcf.org/trails.

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