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USFS seeks volunteers for trail maintenance

Daily News staff report

DILLON – The U.S. Forest Service’s Dillon Ranger District received a $23,600 grant from the state Department of Parks and Recreation to maintain forest trails.The money will be used to hire a five-person crew to work on 39 miles of trails around Mount Royal and the Gold Hill, Miner’s Creek, Peaks, Wheeler, Crystal Lake, McCullough Gulch and Spruce Creek trails.All are among the most heavily enjoyed by locals and visitors.The crew, led by Jonathan Hare, will remove overhanging brush, loose rocks and litter and repair water bars and other drainage structures.Additionally, Kathryn Grohusky has been hired as a a temporary trails volunteer coordinator to recruit volunteers to work on the Burro, Lenawee, Baker’s Tank, Chihuahua, Ptarmigan and Tenderfoot trails as well as 12 miles of trails in the Eagles Nest Wilderness.Hare and Grohusky are looking for volunteers. Hare will hold his workdays on Saturdays; those interested should call the Dillon Ranger District at (970) 468-5400 to sign up. Grohusky will encourage school, church, scouting or other groups of 10 to 15 people who would like to help maintain these trails to contact her at the Dillon Office. “Since we have some employees this summer with trail expertise and a supply of tools, we can put to work those who are willing to give a little back to the public lands,” said Ken Waugh, District recreation staff officer. “Volunteer support is extremely valuable and appreciated. By having volunteers work with paid employees, the amount of work accomplished is multiplied many times over.”The district is also seeking input from trail users in its quest to inventory needed summer trail signs. Hikers and ATV, motorcycle, Jeep, mountain bike and horseback riders are asked to note if additional signs are needed at trail junctions, landmarks (such as creek or road crossings) and along roads to trailheads. Trail users have indicated that one of the most important needs on the forest is better signage on trails, to trailheads, roads and at trail junctions. For more information, contact Waugh at (970) 262-3446 or Jane Stebbins

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