Grand Valley Canyons

Grand Valley Canyons Chapter Report 10/17/16

October 26, 2016
Grand Valley Canyons Chapter Report
October 17, 2016 Board Meeting
1. The BLM issued a Record of Decision on the Mack Ridge Trail Construction dated
August 8, 2016, approving 6.6 miles of new trials and three section of trial
closure/rehabilitation. The BLM has engaged the Western Colorado Conservation
Corp trail crew on the Wrangler Reroute portion, approximately 1.1 miles of
construction and a small rehab section. The WCCC crew started October 10, and will
continue on that section until it is completed. The BLM intends to use the Wrangler
closure for training purposes.
We sent out an RFP for construction of the remaining 5.5 miles and one trail closure.
Responses our due October 21. We sent the RFP to seven contractors, and received
inquiries from six more.
We have raised approximately $25,500 toward this construction in cooperation with
the City of Fruita and Fruita businesses. The chapter has received grants form REI in
the amount of $7,000, $2,500 from Grand Valley Trails Alliance, and $1,000 from
Wels Fargo Community Assistance Fund. Outstanding are two applications to Junior
Service League in the amount of $5,000 and IMBA in the amount of $5,000.
The survey work has been paid for. I have not completed the accounting because we
have not received the final check from Hot Tomato. Once I do, I will work with
Clark to transfer the $2,500 match from the general fund to the Grand Valley Chapter
as approved by the board at the March meeting.
2. On August 18, COPMOBA Chapter crew leaders, Grand Junction BLM, and CMU
Cycling Team spent a day maintaining trails at the Lunch Loop trail system in Grand
Junction focused on the team’s XC race course. Approximately thirty team members
plus coaches worked on Pete-e-kes, High Noon, Moto, Coyote Ridge, Curt’s and
Curt’s Down. A successful workday was followed by burgers and hot dogs in the
parking lot. Unfortunately, the race scheduled for October 1 and 2 was canceled due
to weather.
3. The Grand Valley Chapter partnered with the Mesa Land Trust, Tamarisk Coalition,
Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Western Colorado Community College Wild Land
Fire Program and Caprock School for National Public Lands Day at the Lunch Loops
on September 24, 2016. While the Great Old Broads and Tamarisk Coalition worked
on restoration and tamarisk removal, the Chapter with help from the WCCC Wildland
Fire Program, Caprock School students and parents, and other community volunteers,
completed a short track loop and substantially completed a hand cycle loop on the
South Bookend Parcel near Monument Road.
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With the WCCC crew, we had over 50 volunteers, most of whom were first time trail
builders. REI helped sponsor the event, and after work was completed for the day,
Baron’s on Colorado provided some outstanding appetizers and a free beer for
volunteers. The hand cycle loop was tested by two adaptive cyclists that afternoon,
who gave it good reviews despite being incomplete. The hand cycle loop was
completed the following Wednesday by nine volunteers. With some moisture and
wheels, the new trails should be in great shape by spring!
4. The BLM has started work on the Sarlacc-Edge connector, which will go from the
Eastern end of Sarlacc to the Edge singletrack. A meeting will be held with interested
parties October 20th, with a site visit scheduled for October 23. Surveys are
anticipated to start in Spring 2017 if CPW funding is available.
5. The chapter will work promoters of the Lunch Loop Bike Park to come up with a plan
for maintenance of the existing park, and look at the potential for some new features.
This is in conjunction with a comprehensive review of the Monument Road corridor
and the Lunch Loop trailhead by the City of Grand Junction and the Mesa Land Trust.
There may be some potential for Grand Junction Parks and Rec to take over some
routine maintenance such as weed control.
6. The chapter is seeking suggestions and comments for new trials in the Lunch Loop
area. We will submit a proposal to the BLM early next year, after working through
the Grand Valley Trails Alliance process.
7. Palisade Plunge process is proceeding on an incremental basis. Scott can provide a
more complete report.
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