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Palisade Plunge Selected for "16 in 2016" Trails Program

January 21, 2016
COPMOBA is pleased to announce the inclusion of two Grand Valley projects in the State of Colorado's "16 in 2016" Trails program as a part of Governor Hickenloopers Colorado The Beautiful initiative. Both the Palisade Plunge and the Colorado Riverfront Trail projects were selected among the group of the states highest priority trails or trail segments to address beginning in 2016.
The Riverfront Trail project will address the continuous paved path connection between the towns of Palisade, Grand Junction, and Fruita. While the Palisade Plunge route will connect the topmost elevations of the Grand Mesa at near 10,800' to the valley floor adjacent the town of Palisade via world class singletrack trail.

Both projects will provide great benefit to the local communities.

Much work is ahead for the Palisade Plunge project, where COPMOBA will focus its efforts in this regard. Working with partners including the Town of Palisade, Quick read more or view full article City of Grand Junction, The Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, and other valued local members, COPMOBA will continue the process to plan and implement the route that will serve as a unique trail and community resource, and as an economic contributor for the region.

Scott Winans,
COPMOBA Board President, GVC Chapter Member


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GVC End-of-Year Report

January 18, 2016
FUNDRAISING
Fundraising events in the Grand Valley area in 2015 raised $4,108

CMU Open House: $556  
MOG Fest: $650  
Fruita Fat Tire Festival Pancake Breakfast: $398
Epic Rides GJ Off-Road Booth: $318  
Ride the Rockies Beer Garden: $2,186  

VOLUNTEER HOURS: 1294

TRAIL MAINTENANCE

Maintenance Trail Crew: This past fall, the GVC Chapter paid for Ruxton Noble and Johnny Snider to perform trail maintenance on area trails under the supervision of the BLM. They attended an IMBA Trail Training class in Telluride and completed much needed maintenance at Lunch Loop, 18 Road, Kokopelli and on Palisade Rim. Thanks guys! 

Monday Night Maintenance: Several Monday Night Maintenance events were held at Kokopelli, Lunch Loop, 18 Road and Palisade Rim. Thank you to all our crew leaders including David Withers, Kevin Foote, Scott Winans, Kris Cox, Jody Winkler, and Carl Quist. 

TRAIL PROJECTS
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TIMeMachine: The GVC Chapter partnered with the BLM, Mesa Land Trust, Great Old Broad for Wilderness and many other community partners as well as over 120 volunteers to complete the TIMeMachine trail on the Three Sisters area of Lunch Loop. Thanks Chris Muhr and Libby Collins for your leadership on this project! 

BookEnds North East End: Nor’Easter Trail was completed September 27th on National Public Lands Day. Twenty-eight volunteers completed 0.8 miles of new trail. 

Gunny Loop: After on-site trail review and much discussion, maintenance work was completed by COPMOBA, the BLM, and Western Colorado Conservation Corps (WCCC). More maintenance planned for the spring. 

Holy Cross Trail: Received maintenance work by BLM and the Hilltop Crew.

Curts Lane Closure: Signs for closure have been posted. Restoration work was done on December 4th with BLM and Great Old Broads for Wilderness. 

Lunch Loop Signage Project: Sponsored by Mesa County Health Department, Chris Muhr placed several "You Are Here" signs at the majority of Lunch Loop trail intersections. 

Koko Trails Update: The GVC Chapter has been meeting with the BLM, City of Fruita, and local Fruita businesses to plan for trail development in the Kokopelli area next spring. Stay tuned! 

NEW PROJECTS

Old Spanish Trails/Gunnison Bluffs: This project is still in the planning stages and trail options are being explored. We have received permission from a private landowner to GPS a connector trail from BLM land that crosses private land. 

Palisade Plunge: The Palisade Plunge trail was submitted for the Colorado Beautiful "16 Trails in 2016" Project. Plans continue to progress. For more details, email Scott Winans or attend the next local chapter meeting!
 
COPMOBA US Forest Service Lands Volunteer Report 2015
By Dan Antonelli
 
COPMOBA and our volunteers managed to give the Uncompahgre trails (Smith Point, Blue Creek, Corral Fork, Little Creek) and Grand Mesa Trails (West Bench, Mesa Top and Flowing Park) some TLC early in the season. Heavy rains caused the Uncompahgre work day to be cancelled in early June. In July, we were able to finish the Mesa Top Trail after working on it for 4 years or so. Yeah!  

Plans for next year include more maintenance and improvement on a few rough spots on the Mesa Top Trail and Flowing Park/Indian Point Loop.  There are trails approved in the County Line area and construction has been started by the DAMB Bikers Chapter out of Delta. There is also an opportunity for someone to take on the task of designing a trail west of the Flowing Park road connecting the Flowing Park Reservoir area to the Crane Lake or something more north to be used a return route when riding the Mesa Top Trail. This trail is approved by the Forest Service but the exact route needs flagged and approval confirmed.

Volunteer hours on USFS lands in the Grand Valley District: 452 
   Uncompahgre - 12 hours
   Grand Mesa -  440 hours
A big thank you to Kris Cox for his hours and hours of efforts and leadership before and during all the events on the Grand Mesa! And a big thank you to Chris Foreman and the local Forest Service office for providing whatever we needed to make the events successful.
 
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