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Posted on: March 29, 2019

County ‘Trails Strike Force’ Kicks Off 2019 Season, Introduces ‘Sadie the Trail Dog’

March 29, 2019 - Clear Creek County Communications, Colo. – The Clear Creek County Trails Strike Force is getting ready to kick off its 2019 season on May 6th, 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.  And this season, there’s a new member of the team---Sadie, the Trail Dog.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RPADappNdg

“It’s hard to believe this is our third season already, and I’m very excited to get our team together to continue the great work we’ve done around the County,” said James Kovaly, Trails Supervisor.  “And, Sadie is a big piece of that team---always ‘stepping’ in to help and supervise what’s going on.” 

Kovaly adopted Sadie (a 2 yr old Foxhound) a year ago from Charlie’s Place, giving her a good home, and a job!    

According to Mr. Kovaly, his team of one full-time and three seasonal employees deals with miles of trails that had been untouched for years, installing trailhead amenities 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.  Last winter, Kovaly worked with the County GIS dept. and the Clear Creek Tourism Bureau to create maps describing 37 popular trails in Clear Creek – available at any of the visitors’ centers, the recreation center in Idaho Springs, the County Courthouse building in Georgetown and in brochure holders at several popular trail heads.

This year the team has their hands full maintaining dozens of trails, including 10 USFS trails in collaboration with the Forest Service.  They are also building 4 miles of new trail as part of the Floyd Hill Open Space Trail System in partnership with paid contractors, volunteers and youth organizations.

 “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 looking for interested volunteers to help the crew build some trail this year – no experience necessary.  Please contact James at 303-679-2308, or trails@co.clear-creek.co.us for details.

 

Kovaly has been hard at work planning the 2019 work schedule.  “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, building them into something that’s good for residents, tourism and economic development.  We feel our efforts are going to good use.”  

For more trail information: 

http://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/index.aspx?NID=884  

-CCC-


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