Rocky Mountain Youth Corps employs young people on Summit trails |

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps employs young people on Summit trails

This crew of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps employees began trail maintenance work on the Dillon Ranger District on June 22, 2015.
Courtesy Anne Gaspar |

A team of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps members began another summer of trail maintenance work on the Dillon Ranger District in late June.

The 10-person crew will work the equivalent of 10,000 hours, and their labor is funded by a variety of partnership sources including grants from the Colorado State OHV Program and the National Forest Foundation.

Headquartered out of Steamboat Springs, the corps employs young people age 18 to 25 in its environmental conservation program.

“Our primary focus is on the positive development of the corps member. We are passionate about immersing young people in the outdoors to perform meaningful conservation projects as an avenue to their individual growth,” said Gretchen Van De Carr, RMYC executive director.

The Dillon Ranger District continues to foster a 10-year partnership with RMYC and relies on the crew to efficiently accomplish work.

This summer, crews will spend:

eight weeks reconstructing the Bookcase and One Step Over Cabin Trails in the Golden Horseshoe area

four weeks realigning one mile of the Gold Hill Trail

four weeks using crosscut saws to clear lodgepole downfall across trails in the Eagles Nest Wilderness

three weeks closing and restoring unsustainable roads and trails in the Golden Horseshoe area

two weeks constructing a 200-foot puncheon (bridge) through a wet area on the Wheeler Lakes Trail

one week constructing a 70-foot turnpike and a 20-foot bridge to improve hiking and mountain biking on the Peaks Trail

Forest Service extends Keystone Gulch Road closure until July 6

Keystone Gulch Road will have a temporary extension of the closure in effect until July 6 due to the presence of at least five moose in the area, three of which are young calves.

The Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife are concerned about the safety of both recreationists and the moose and agreed that an extension of the closure will allow more time for the newborn calves to become more mobile and move away from human activity once Keystone Gulch Road opens.

Although the closure only enforces motorized use of the area, the Forest Service and CPW request that hikers and mountain bikers voluntarily observe the closure as well since moose may also be disturbed by non-motorized recreation and cow moose will defend their calves aggressively if they feel threatened.

Some moose may stay in the area or return to Keystone Gulch throughout the summer, and both the Forest Service and CPW ask the public to keep their dogs leashed and to maintain a safe distance from any moose.

To learn about living with moose in Colorado, visit For more information, call the Dillon Ranger District at 970-468-5400.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife discusses regulations in Frisco

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will meet July 9 and 10 in Frisco, and commissioners will receive briefings from the Departments of both Natural Resources and Agriculture, Great Outdoors Colorado, Wildlife Management Institute, moose research and the State Wildlife Action Plan.

The meeting will be at Holiday Inn and Suites, at 1129 North Summit Blvd. and will start at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and adjourn at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Updates about CPW regions, strategic planning, finances, marketing and law enforcement are slated along with presentations from Stagecoach State Park and Yampa River/Elk Head Reservoir State Park and presentation of the Shakir Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year Award.

Action items include wildlife regulation changes to extend the chukar hunting closure in GMUs 9, 19, and 191; remove porcupine from the small game chapter; modify bird hunting provisions, including season dates; update parks regulations to permit free August entrance for veterans and active-duty military personnel; and approve snowmobile capital grants.

A complete agenda can be found at:

The Commission meets regularly and travels to communities around the state to facilitate public participation in its processes. Other 2015 commission meetings will be held in: August (Durango); September (Craig); November (Wray); and December (Pueblo).

Anyone can listen to commission meetings through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website to learn more about the development of regulations and how the commission works with CPW staff to manage parks, wildlife and outdoor recreation programs administered by the agency.

For more information, visit

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