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Parks and Wildlife marks Colorado Day with free park entrance

Alli Langley
alangley@summitdaily.com

HELP IMPROVE OUR TRAILS

The nonprofit partner of the local Forest Service district, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, leads trail-improvement projects throughout the summer. This week’s projects open to the public include:

Black Powder Pass Restoration

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1-2

Re-align and restore trails with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers during an overnight project that includes all meals.

Summit Seniors Campsite Restoration

Friday, Aug. 7

Join Summit seniors to clean up illegal campsites at Rock Creek north of Silverthorne.

Shrine Mountain Trail Construction

Friday, Aug. 7

With Copper Mountain Resort, add elevated trail in a perpetually muddy area. Give “turnpiking” a try.

Tenderfoot Mountain Trail Construction

Saturday, Aug. 8

Help develop trails for motorized use with Summit County Off-Road Riders (SCORR).

Visit http://www.fdrd.org to register for a volunteer project. For more information, contact FDRD at 970-262-3449 or info@fdrd.org.

To include environment-related volunteer opportunities in this Friday round-up, send them to reporter Alli Langley at alangley@summitdaily.com.

Parks and Wildlife marks Colorado Day with free park entrance

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will mark Colorado Day, the commemoration of Colorado’s acceptance into statehood, with free park entrance at all 42 state parks on Monday, Aug. 3.

“Colorado Day is an opportunity for everyone to get outside and experience the diverse natural beauty and recreational activities that our 42 state parks and 350 state wildlife areas have to offer,” said CPW’s information and education assistant director, Gary Thorson. “This day is also the agency’s opportunity to say ‘thank you.’”

Colorado was first recognized as a state Aug. 1, 1876. The first addition to the Colorado state park system, Cherry Creek State Park, emerged 56 years later.

Most Coloradans live less than 30 minutes from a state park. Go to http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Pages/parkMap.aspx to locate a state park near you and plan a visit to enjoy a variety of recreational activities.

CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including management of 900,000 acres of state parks and wildlife areas, fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education.

Tenderfoot Mountain project set for Aug. 15-16

The Dillon Ranger District will work with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) on a two-day trail construction project on Aug. 15 and 16.

Up to 100 volunteers will help build about 1 mile of trail in the Tenderfoot Mountain Motorcycle Trail System just east of Straight Creek Road and north of the Oro Grande Trail. The trail is the first step in providing a trail connection between Straight Creek Road and Tenderfoot Mountain.

The Dillon Ranger District received funding from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife OHV grant program for a four-person trail crew. So far, the crew has built about 1 mile of trail just below Tenderfoot Mountain with a goal of completing 6 miles this summer. The VOC project will supplement that effort.

Volunteers for the project will camp at the Windy Point group campsite on Swan Mountain Road. VOC will provide meals for both days.

Summit County Off-Road Riders, VOC and the ranger district will provide crew leaders to guide volunteers in trail construction. Some volunteers will swing tools, but a big part of the project will be moving debris and soil by hand.

“Even though the trails in the Tenderfoot Mountain system will be open to off-highway motorcycles, they will provide good opportunities for hikers and mountain bike riders as well,” says Ken Waugh, Dillon Ranger District recreation staff officer. “The trails will be low grade (5 percent or less) with a few short, steeper sections.”

The ranger district hopes anyone who may use the trails in the future will volunteer now to help with construction.

To sign up, visit http://www.VOC.org. For more information, contact the Dillon Ranger District at 970-468-5400.

Keystone Science School hosts 31 teachers for environmental workshop

In early July, 31 teachers came to the Keystone Science School from Australia, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and nine U.S. states to participate in the Key Issues Institute professional development training.

During the program they explored local environmental issues outside and inside the classroom and shared best practices for engaging students in interactive, hands-on science activities and meaningful learning experiences. This program inspires scientific inquiry, leadership development and civic engagement.

For example, in a lesson called Triangle Triage, teachers guide their students through a decision using a sustainability grid that compares the economic, environmental and social impacts of a choice. The lesson shows students that in dealing with real-world issues, there is often no “right” answer, but there may be a solution that does the most good for the most people.

Thanks to the partnership and support of Alcoa Foundation, Keystone Science School brings environmental issues and a passion for learning into classrooms around the world. In the last 18 years, Alcoa Foundation has sponsored nearly 300 teachers to attend Key Issues, and those teachers have impacted more than 44,000 students.

Send local environment news to reporter Alli Langley at alangley@summitdaily.com.


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