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Steamboat seeking volunteers for its adopt-a-trail program

Trail segments on the Yampa Rive Core Trail are available in the city's adopt-a-trail program.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The city of Steamboat Springs is revamping a trail adoption program that became somewhat inactive after the city's parks and recreation department had to cut several employees during the Great Recession.

City open space and trails coordinator Jenny Carey said Monday several volunteers have already answered the city's recent call for people to help maintain trail segments across the city.

Volunteers who sign up to maintain a trail at least once a month from May to October for a two-year period will be recognized with a sign at the start of the trail segment.

"I don't think we're going to have a problem getting these sections taken care of," Carey said.

To check trail availability or to sign up, contact 970-871-7014 or email jcarey@steamboatsprings.net.

The volunteers will be able to fill out an online form to log their work and also point out any issues the city might need to address, such as trail damage or graffiti.

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Carey said the city decided to start promoting the program again after it heard from several people who were interested in volunteering.

Trail segments that are available for adoption include portions of the Yampa River Core Trail and shorter neighborhood trails such as the Fox Creek trail and Rita's Route.

Carey said trail segments on Emerald are not included because the city has a dedicated trails team that regularly maintains them.

In addition, the city doesn't want to put up too many signs in an area valued by hikers and cyclists for its unobstructed views.

She also stressed the adopt-a-trail program complements but does not replace trail work and maintenance the city regularly performs.

The adopt-a-trail program in Steamboat dates back to the early 1990s.

But after the Great Recession, city officials said it became less active because there were fewer staff members to help manage it.

Finance Director Kim Weber said the parks and recreation department went from about 64 full time employees in 2008 to 46 in 2011, which represented a 28 percent reduction.

The department currently has about 52 full-time employees today.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10.