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City seeks volunteers to help repair Emerald Mountain trails

Scott Franz
Matt Gerzina rides on Emerald Mountain in 2013.
Scott Franz

Trail work schedule and closures (Subject to change)

Aug. 1 to Oct. 15: Root Canal, Upper and Middle Stairway to Heaven, Upper No Mo’ Bluez

Sept. 6 to 23: Upper Morning Gloria

Sept. 15 to 17: One full-day closure of the entire Emerald Mountain trail system while helicopter logging and tree removal is in progress

— The city of Steamboat Springs has a message for cyclists and other trail users who are itching to get back on some of their favorite Emerald Mountain trails:

Help us rebuild them.

Trail work schedule and closures (Subject to change)

Aug. 1 to Oct. 15: Root Canal, Upper and Middle Stairway to Heaven, Upper No Mo’ Bluez

Sept. 6 to 23: Upper Morning Gloria

Sept. 15 to 17: One full-day closure of the entire Emerald Mountain trail system while helicopter logging and tree removal is in progress

Some trails will need some work following an extensive logging project that started on Emerald in July.

The work aims to remove dead and hazardous trees. But the equipment that is used to cut down and haul away the trees inevitably damages trails.

Craig Robinson, the city’s parks, open space and trails manager, said Routt County Riders is organizing the trail days.

They could start as soon as next weekend.

To view volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.routtcountyriders.org/volunteer.

“When the Orton parcel (on Emerald) was purchased by the city, people packed City Council chambers and said they were going to help take care of this property,” Robinson said. “Now the city is managing the property, and we’re looking for volunteers to come out and help.”

The logging operation has resulted in the closure of some trails on Emerald.

Planned events, such as Run Rabbit Run, will still occur as scheduled.

A helicopter is set to join the logging operations for a day in mid-September, and all of the trails will be closed when the helicopter is being used.

Robinson said the chopper was previously scheduled to arrive earlier in September, but it is currently being used to do more extensive logging operations over in Winter Park.

Parks and Recreation commissioners and some City Council members have raised questions about the work and its impact in recent weeks.

The city will pay Routt County Riders Trail Builders to oversee the trail work days.

The trails that will be most impacted by the logging are Root Canal, Stairway to Heaven and Abbey’s.

Robinson said the new Morning Gloria trail should not be greatly impacted by the work because a helicopter will remove trees in that area.

To pay for the work, the city received funds from the Colorado State Forest Service. The city is matching those funds to treat up to 59 acres of dead, sick and diseased trees.

According to the city, the tree removal will make the trails safer, protect water quality and improve wildlife habitat.

The areas in which logging will occur will be reclaimed and revegetated.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10


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