Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission approves $4.5 million in motorized trail grants
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
At today’s meeting in La Junta, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved the 2019 – 2020 OHV Trail Grant funding award recommendations for $4.547 million to fund 30 different maintenance trail crews representing 3,600 trail work days across Colorado.
Money from Colorado OHV registrations accounts for $4 million of the funds, while the Recreational Trails Program is providing the remaining $547,000.
“This is literally OHV dollars going right back into the trails,” said CPW State Trails Program Manager Fletcher Jacobs. “And of the 30 maintenance trail crews, 23 are good management crews, which allow CPW’s federal partners to get much needed consistent funding for trail crews.”
Some of the highlights from this year’s grant award winners include:
Double Top Trail Restoration
The Double Top Trail Restoration project will provide realignments of steep trail sections, tread reconstruction, drainage installation, turnpike construction, and switchback reconstruction to a 12.5 mile long trail near Crested Butte. Non-system routes and trail braiding will be restored using log or rock check dams and trench backfill techniques. Forest Service personnel and volunteers will create more sustainable trail, improve user safety, and protect natural resources.
Upper Pole Creek Trail
The Upper Pole Creek Trail will provide an eight-person conservation corps crew crew to complete restoration and maintenance work on 2.5 miles of highly impacted motorized trails near Creede. The project will address resource and safety issues in several high-priority areas, improving drainage, rebuilding tread, and restoring braided sections.
Rainbow Trail and Poplar Gulch Trail
An OHV Upper Arkansas Trail Crew is a partnership between the Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. This joint crew will repair sections of the Rainbow Trail running through the Hayden Pass Fire Scar, perform maintenance efforts on the Poplar Gulch Trail, provide decibel testing on holiday weekends in heavy OHV use parking areas, and educate the public at events such as the 14er Fest.
A complete list of the 2019 – 2020 OHV Trail Grants is available here.
About the grant process
The Colorado State Trails Committee is responsible for the review process for the trail grant applications and makes recommendations to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission regarding funding for grants.
The OHV/motorized trail grant selection process follows a four-tiered review and approval protocol. All grant applications are first reviewed by CPW wildlife field biologists and regional CPW staff. This process allows CPW to flag potential wildlife issues prior to the review by the subcommittees. While concerns may be flagged during this review, CPW’s field staff attempts to resolve these concerns prior to the subcommittee’s review. Next, applications are evaluated by the OHV Grant Review and Ranking Subcommittee to score and rank the OHV competitive grant applications in order of their recommended funding priority. The ranked applications are then passed to the Committee to evaluate the applications in ranked order and recommend funding strategies to the Commission. The Commission provides the final approval to the funded projects. This process invites public review and comment at four separate stages: upon submission, before the subcommittees, before the State Trails Committee and before the Commission.