Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness wins $18,900 grant from State Trails |

Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness wins $18,900 grant from State Trails

Daily Staff Writer

The State Trails program has awarded an $18,900 grant to Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness (FENW) for the Buffalo Mountain Trail construction project.

The project will build almost 1.5 miles of new trail to replace the steep, eroded, social trail up Buffalo Mountain in the Eagles Nest Wilderness.

The new trail then will become part of the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) trail system. Trail crews will close and revegetate 0.9 mile of the old nonsystem trail.

The grant will pay for 79 percent of the $24,000 cost for four weeks of work by the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) of Steamboat Springs.

RMYC is part of a network of more than 100 youth corps nationwide working to improve communities, the environment and the lives of youth and young adults by putting them to work on public lands and open spaces.

The USFS trail crew will provide guidance to RMYC and four weeks of work. Because of a limited budget, the USFS trail crew could not be funded for the entire project. Trail work will start in early July.

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) will provide one weekend of the revegetation work. FENW has Buffalo Mountain trail volunteer work projects scheduled for July 24 and Aug. 28.

“Wow!” said Currie Craven, FENW president. “This grant is FENW’s biggest single accomplishment.

“Knowing we’re part of the solution to fix the Buffalo Mountain trail, which has been a social and environmental concern for many years, is very gratifying. This year is FENW’s 10th anniversary and the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. We wholeheartedly thank our supporting partners.”

The remaining $5,100 for RMYC has been either donated or promised to FENW by the following organizations and businesses: Buffalo Mountain Metro District, The Merriman Family Foundation, The Summit Foundation, 1stBank Silverthorne, Wilderness Sports, Colorado Mountain Club Foundation, J. Henry’s, Omni Real Estate and Wildernest Property Management.

The combination of the USFS trail crew and the $5,100 comprise the matching funds required by State Trails.

Silverthorne granted FENW $1,571 of in-kind rec center and Rainbow Park use for VOC and RMYC.

For information on the project, call Maryann Gaug at (970) 468-6219.

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