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December 18, 2012
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Summit County: New trails planned in the Golden Horseshoe area

The Summit County and town of Breckenridge open space programs received $13,440 in grant money awarded by Great Outdoors Colorado to construct new trails and restore decommissioned trails in the Golden Horseshoe area during the summer of 2013.

The trails will provide new connections for non-motorized recreational users, including hikers, mountain bikers and Nordic skiers. Summit County and town staff identified the non-system trails to decommission with areas of high-value natural resources prioritized, according to a press release from Summit County's open space and trails department.

The funding will be used to complete trail construction on the Juniata Trail, Muggins Gulch Trail and the new Last Chance Trail connection within the Golden Horseshoe area. A portion of the funding will be allocated for trail closures and restoration on non-system routes.

With the new trails in the Golden Horseshoe area, the town and county jointly own more than 3,000 acres.

"Our partnership with the town of Breckenridge continues to be a vital component of protecting open space and enhancing recreation opportunities in the Upper Blue Basin," said Brian Lorch, director of Summit County Open Space and Trails.

Grant-funded youth corps crews from Rocky Mountain Youth Corps Association, approximately 200 Colorado residents ages 14-25, will get jobs this summer working on critical outdoor recreation and land conservation projects throughout the state.

These projects will enhance Colorado's trails, parks, open spaces and wildlife habitat in 15 counties throughout the state. Funds for this project were awarded by Great Outdoors Colorado, which receives a portion of lottery funds, to the Colorado Youth Corps Association for use by accredited youth corps.

The goal of the program is to employ youth and young adults throughout the state on critical outdoor recreation and land conservation projects in partnership with local governments and open space agencies.

In total, the GOCO board of directors will invest $500,000 of lottery funds in youth corps projects in 2013: $250,000 for local governments and $250,000 for open space organizations.

Over the last six years, Summit County and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps Association, have restored more than 12 miles of non-system trails to natural conditions.

"Both Summit County and the town of Breckenridge open space programs have prioritized expanding and maintaining trails throughout the Upper Blue Basin to enhance the quality of life in and around Summit County," county officials stated in a press release Tuesday.

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