West End

Paradox Trail Re-route Project to Receive State Historical Fund Grant

August 7, 2013
            After four years and close to $20,000 spent to date on NEPA required studies, the Paradox Trail Re-route Project seemed stalled due to additional archeological studies required by SHPO (State Historical Preservation Officer), That was until Montrose West Recreation made a successful application to the State Historical Fund for assistance. The West End of Montrose County around Nucla in particular is rich in native hunting and tool making sites. This prompted SHPO to require additional assessments on existing two track routes originally proposed for the re-route which were thought to be exempt from those studies.
            The $8,880 grant along with a generous contribution from COPMOBA will hopefully complete the assessments on the remaining 11 to 12 miles of proposed re-route north and east of Nucla. Trail users have come to realize that actually constructing trail is the “easy” part when considering new trail projects on federally managed lands. Years of patient work, studies and public comment are required before any trail is built. Stay tuned for future updates on this important West End project.

Posted by Paul Koski
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