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What do Trail Volunteers do?
1) Blaze new trail.
2) Learn about new riding areas.
3) Meet new people.
4) Take ownership of a trail.
5) Drink caffeinated sugary drinks.
6) Bond with friends and family.
7) Swing McLeods and Pulaskis.
8) Turn little flags into trail.
9) Talk bike with fellow gear heads.
10) Are the solution.
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SCORR and The Dillon Ranger District OHV trail system has received more than a half a million dollars in grants!
Here is a list of funding awarded:
2014 Dillon Crew $39,900
2015 Golden Horseshoe $101,400
2015 Tenderfoot $87,500
2016 Dillon Crew $41,000
2016 Tenderfoot $73,000
2017 Dillon $47,500
2017 Tenderfoot $ $139,500
In addition the Statewide Trail Crew has worked at least one venue each season over the last three years and several weeks of dozer work was provided in Summit County with funding that was awarded to the Motorcycle Trail Riding Association.
All applications are scored by the OHV Subcommittee which is made up of trail users/ enthusiasts and CPW staff who score 50-60 projects each year. This season 65 OHV grant applications with $6.3 million grants were requested and approximately $4.4 million is available to award. In this grant cycle projects of $151,900 and $50,000 were requested from the Dillon ranger District. These grant applications scored 75.7 and 72.6 and are currently below the line where funding runs out. This season the competition for OHV grant funds was very high as was the average project dollar request. Several projects or crews that have been funded in the past will not receive funding for next season and others will be asked to accept less than they requested.
SCORR in the Summit Daily News 7/14/2016:
“In the past three or four years, he (Tim Nixon) and the board members with SCORR have worked nonstop to build and, in some cases, repair relationships across Summit County. Today, the grant-funded nonprofit works closely with Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and Ken Waugh, recreation officer for the Dillon Ranger District, on trail projects and trail planning.
“He has been our greatest advocate,” Nixon says of Waugh, noting that the two have often worked together on trail projects in the past few years. “We’ve become part of the community. We originally felt like the bad guys, but we want to be good stewards. We want to be good neighbors — it’s how it works.”
And it begins with getting down and dirty for the cause. Over the past two summers, volunteers with FDRD and SCORR have met up several times to complete trail work on multi-use trails in two areas: the Golden Horseshoe area between Breckenridge and Keystone as well as Tenderfoot Mountain between Dillon and Keystone. Both projects are funded in part with grant money secured by SCORR, and the group regularly brings a small crew to the trail-work days — not to mention free Red Bull and a visit from the Wings Girls.
“It’s quite a rush to build trail that you’re going to ride later,” Nixon said. “It’s a day on the mountain, in the shade, working with friends, and Red Bull really is an amazing product. They say it gives you wings, but it also builds trail.”
The next volunteer day in Golden Horseshoe is this Saturday and open to anyone who wants to know exactly how singletrack is built. The area was littered with unmarked social trails in the past, and so the U.S. Forest Service’s goal is to close assess and then standardize a confusing trail system. Nixon and SCORR agree.
“It was a cluster of trails back there, and, boy, was it a blast,” Nixon said, although he hasn’t been on the unmarked trails in years. “It’s like a history lesson — there is so much mining history. You’ll be going past structures that are totally different than everything else you’ve seen.”
These mining relics are common sights for hikers and mountain bikers in the French Gulch and Sallie Barber areas — two areas closed almost completely to motorized travel. At the moment, Nixon and SCORR aren’t fighting for access on trails where they’ve never been allowed, but rather fighting to build new trails and keep the ones they love.
“This needs to be local riders and their friends,” he said of the trail work in Golden Horseshoe and elsewhere. “It doesn’t need to be in a national magazine or publicized for everyone. These are for us, and the thing is we have some incredible riding that we want to keep.” –Phil Lindeman/ Summit Daily News