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Posted on: June 14, 2018

County ‘Trails Strike Force’ Kicks Off 2018 Season

County ‘Trails Strike Force’ Kicks Off 2018 Season
June 11, 2018 - Clear Creek County Communications, Colo. – The Clear Creek County Trails Strike Force kicked off its 2018 season May 7th, and reports are looking good. Tasked with planning, designing, building and maintaining more than 100 miles of trails within the County, the team uses everything from a UTV, chainsaws, a jackhammer and brute strength to get the job done.
James Kovaly, Trails Supervisor, leads the efforts of three seasonal and one full-time employee. “Beginning the process last year, I was very proud of how our team came together to do something the County had never done before,” Kovaly said. According to Mr. Kovaly, his team deals with miles of trails that had been untouched for years, installing trailheads and gates, removing rocks and fallen trees, repairing bridges, fixing drainage problems and building some new trails. Many of the trails are now useable and in good shape for hikers, bikers and other trail users. Over the winter, Kovaly worked with the County GIS dept. and the Clear Creek Tourism Bureau to create a map describing 37 popular trails in Clear Creek – available at any of the visitors’ centers, the recreation center in Idaho Springs, or the County Courthouse building in Georgetown.
This year the team has their hands full with additional efforts building new trail at Floyd Hill Open Space and helping the USFS with eight of their trails in need of maintenance. “We hope to complete trail segments 1-7 at Floyd
Hill, so we can open two new single track loops--an ambitious endeavor requiring the coordination of volunteers and sub-contractors to assist the trail crew,” Kovaly added.
“We’re excited to work with our key partners around the region, making Clear Creek County a premier place to recreate,” Kovaly said, referring to working with various agencies, volunteer organizations and trail managers involved in and around the trails within the County. Those partners include both Jefferson and Clear Creek Counties’ Open Space, local municipalities, the US Forest Service (USFS), Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado, the Colorado Mountain Biking Association, professional trail contractors, and County Staff.
They are also planning to implement “Volunteer Wednesdays” where anyone can join the team at the Floyd Hill trailhead each Wednesday to help the crew build some trail – no experience necessary. Please contact James at 303-679-2308, or for details.
Kovaly and team are already hard at work implementing the 2018 work plan. “Volunteers and community involvement are key,” he said. “In addition to the new trails we are building this year, we still spend a lot of time working on other trails basically untouched for years, building them into something that’s good for residents, tourism and economic development. We feel our efforts are going to good use.”
For more information, contact John Bryan, Communications Director, at 303-679-2307, or email:
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