Local nonprofits prepare for National Public Lands Day volunteer work
WHAT: National Public Lands Day
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 26
WHERE: Various locations
National Public Lands Day was established in 1994 as a single-day volunteer effort for public lands nationwide. The day is filled with removal of invasive plants, building or maintaining trails, planting native plants and more.
This year, several local nonprofits will participate in Colorado’s Grand Valley. Groups include Grand Mesa Nordic Council, Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, Bureau of Land Management and Mesa Land Trust.
“We have a lot of public lands that surround us for recreation,” said Kristina Kittelson, COPMOBA spokesperson. “This is a way for our organizations to recognize the value of hiking, biking, and snowshoeing each year on public lands.”
The day is set for Saturday, Sept. 26, at various locations. The Grand Mesa Nordic Council will work on cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails on Grand Mesa removing debris as well as begin building the Skyway Warming Hut. The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Skyway parking lot, approximately five miles west of Grand Mesa Visitor Center. Lunch will be provided for volunteers.
“It’s a great way to give back and meet new people who recreate on trails like you do too,” Kittelson said.
Kittelson said about 30-40 volunteers show up to each event.
COPMOBA and Mesa Land Trust will build about a mile-long connector trail off of Three Sisters trails off of Monument Road on the newly acquired Bookends property. The day will begin at 9 a.m. and a post-work-day barbecue is set for around 4 p.m. for volunteers.
“The trail will go through some interesting terrain,” said Libby Collins, project coordinator for Mesa Land Trust. “But we are keeping it family friendly to provide a longer loop to connect to other trails. It will be a great running and dog walking trail as well.”
Hilltop Trail recently completed another trail on Three Sisters property, which is a pedestrian-only trail that connects to Curt’s Lane. A pedestrian-only trail was created to heal scars on the hillsides and not get rutted out.
“It’s all about conserving the land to enjoy it,” Collins said.
Bureau of Land Management will host a clean-up event on the North Desert area of outdoor recreation vehicle trails, located at C and 34 roads in Grand Junction. The event will start at 8 a.m.
For more information, visit http://www.publiclandsday.org.
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