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John Stewart

BLM Colorado National Public Lands Day Extreme Rock Crawling Trails Project

“The amount of work that was accomplished in one day was incredible,” said Blake Treadway, BLM Montrose Outdoor Recreation Planner. "It would have taken the BLM’s small OHV Crew weeks."

The new signs will identify the trails, rules, and required equipment for rock crawlers visiting the area. The next step, which is currently under way, is painting and applying decals on the signs.

The BLM manages more land - more than 245 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
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John Stewart

Hang'm High Jose Basin Trail Project

On the second day, volunteers went out on trail to build some water bars too keep the road from eroding and developing deep ruts. Workers had to clear downed trees, remove brush, and dig drainage channels to help with the water flow.

Overall, four water bars were built on the way to waterfall and more work remains too be done. Club members are hoping to be able to get before the snow comes and the gates are closed for the season to accomplish more work.

Hang’m High hosts the Jose Basin Memorial Day run each year and it is their responsibility to ensure that the trail is maintained. They want to be able to keep hosting the run for years to come for the younger generations.

Volunteers from Hang’m High included: President - Brendt Cumming, Vice President - Jeremy Ellis, Secretary - Raenette Terry, Delegate - Brian Shadrick, John and Sarah Balance and two of their younger members, Madison Redding and Joshua Shadrick. Having younger members help with the work will hopefully give them respect for the trail.

This is not the first time the Hang’m High Club has done work on the trail. Last year they helped USFS put in a new gate that had been destroyed. Additional projects include work to close re-routes, repair fencing and gates, and maintain the trails. The Hang’m High Club will be doing more in the future with USFS to keep trails open and clean.

To see photos of the work project visit Hang'm High Four Wheel Drive Club on FaceBook.

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John Stewart

5th Annual Surplus City Fall Mud & Crawl

Oroville, CA (Sept 6, 2010):  The Urban Assault OHV area will hold the 5th Annual Surplus City Fall Mud & Crawl this weekend.  The event is open to all levels of competitors, from no prior experience to the pros in the unlimited class.  Rock crawling, mud bogs, and a raffle will be on both Saturday and Sunday. In honor of the fallen 9/11 victims, there will be a display of local police, fire and military vehicles.  The Airborne Ranger Monster Truck will offer rides to kids of all ages.

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John Stewart

Win a Weekend for Your Club on a Private OHV Ranch near Reno, NV

Off Road Innovations and Hammerking Productions Announce the 2010 Best Prepared Rig Contest at the Ultra4 Stampede in Reno, NV, Sept. 7-12, 2010.

Five (5) 4x4 clubs will get to compete for a chance to be the ONE selected club to get a full, PRIVATE weekend of awesome rock-crawling, camping, and trail-riding fun for the whole club, right outside Reno, NV.  On Friday night of the Ultra4 Stampede, the five finalist clubs will present their BEST PREPARED/SETUP rig to the crowd of cheering fans for a most unusual contest of preparation and preparedness!

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John Stewart

Grizzly-Helena Trail Crossing - OHV makes a difference

The additional year won't be wasted, though.  With support from the Jackson County Commissioners, the Forest Service has obtained a generous grant from the Colorado State OHV Trails Program to construct a new multi-user crossing at the North Fork of the North Platte River.  $357,865 in OHV registration sticker receipts are coming back to Jackson County for the Grizzly-Helena Trail Crossing Project.  In addition to staff time already spent on the project, $80,000 in Forest Service Legacy Road and Trail funding has been committed to come up a design for a safe, sustainable crossing at this complex site.  Forest Service Rocky Mountain Regional Office engineering staff will be providing expert oversight of a design contract with HDR, a consulting firm headquartered in Nebraska with offices and subcontractors familiar with the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests.  HDR will develop preliminary and final designs to meet the backcountry objectives and multi-user safety needs for the crossing, which is envisioned as an extended boardwalk similar to those seen along the Yampa River in Steamboat.   Forest Service engineers, hydrologists, and trails specialists will reconstruct the  existing trail on either side of the crossing and put into action a restoration plan for areas that need extra help to recover.  

Forest Service Trails Coordinator Jon Myers says that volunteers will be a key part of implementing this project.  "We expect construction to happen in 2011, and we'll be looking to our motorized user groups to help reconstruct the trail to the crossing."  Recreation Program Manager Paula Guenther agrees, "We're also hoping to involve volunteers to collect native seed from wetland plants to use in stabilizing the areas that have been damaged by off-trail use."  Volunteers and students may also grow the collected seed into seedlings, and then help replant sensitive wetland areas with the locally grown grasses and shrubs.  Partnerships the District Botany Program has with North Park High School and outdoor groups that focus on restoration of wildlands will be important for restoration efforts.    

Busy beavers have kept trail users guessing at the trail crossing for years.  As quickly as trail managers added culverts, stepping stones, and even short board walks to provide safe crossing for hikers, mountain bikers, OHV riders and horse packers, the beavers moved dams and changed the stream channel location from one side of the wetland to the other.  Meanwhile, OHV riders forged their own paths to find shallow water, creating ruts and damaging wetland vegetation in the process.  In August, 2008, based on recommendations from District Ranger Mike Wright, Forest Supervisor Mary Peterson signed an order closing the trail crossing to motorized uses until a safe, stable crossing was constructed and resource damage could be repaired.  

Receipts from OHV registration stickers are used to fund trails projects like this one around the State.  The Grizzly-Helena Trail Crossing Project grant has already been in the works for two years -- through application, review, and agreement steps that allow the State and Forest Service to exchange direct and in-kind funding.  The Parks Ranger District's proven commitment to OHV trail management has also earned another $60-80,000 each year in Good Management grant funding from the same source, much of which is focused on clearing hazard trees from popular trails this year.

Helena Trailhead and the northern sections of the Grizzly-Helena Trail can be reached from other access points than Forest Road 660 to Helena Trailhead.  The Lone Pine North and South Trailheads offer the closest trailhead access.  Motorcyclists can ride directly north from Lone Pine North Trailhead, and ATV riders can detour along the Brown's Creek Road (Forest Road 650) north to where it joins the portion of trail suitable for and open to ATVs.  The Grizzly-Helena Trail itself is open as far as the south side of the North Fork North Platte River crossing, so riders can return the way they came.

For more information on the Grizzly-Helena Trail Crossing Project, please contact Paula Guenther, Parks District Recreation Program Manager, at 970.723.2721.  For additional information on Bark Beetle management activities on the Parks District, please contact Mike Wright, District Ranger, at 970.723.2701.  

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