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RAT End-of-Year Report

January 18, 2016
Since January 1, 2015, RAT has:
  • Received $200,000 in grant funding from Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW)
  • Received $8,000 in grant funding from REI 
  • Received over $75,000 in-kind donations from:
               -Ouray County  
               -Blue Door GIS
              - Bennett Forge Works 
  • Raised nearly $8,000 in additional donations and merchandise sales
  • Used the CPW grant funds and Ouray County donation to:
               -Construct 7.23 miles of awesome, new singletrack mountain bike trails
               -Build a new trailhead on Ouray County Road 10
               -Sign all new and existing trails on BLM land
  • Used the REI grant funds and Bennett Forge Works donation to build and install a way-finding sign in Ridgway Town Park to help visitors find RAT singletrack and other outdoor recreational opportunities in and near Ridgway
  • Used the Blue Door GIS donation to create phenomenal Geo-referenced PDF trail maps (download all maps at bluedoorgis.com and the RAT Facebook Page)
  • Put in over 600 volunteer hours building and maintaining trails, including:
               -Maintenance on Weaver Park and BLM trails
               -Construction of 0.85 miles of new trail, including 8 engineered switcbacks on Big Cheese
  • Sought and received from Ridgway Town Council approval for construction of additional singletrack in Weaver Park 
  • Initiated work on a partnership with Ouray County and Top of the Pines, Inc., to design and build new singletrack on county land off County Road 5, southwest of Ridgway
  • Completed upgrade of the RAT website  
  • Received 198 additional likes on Facebook, bringing the RAT total to 685
  • Partnered with the Uncompahgre (Montrose) Chapter of COPMOBA in an application for a 2016 Colorado Parks & Wildlife Large Trail Construction Grant in the amount of $200,000
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