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Apr 18

What's New, What's Next, and What's Needed According to the Valley's Top Trails Planners

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 12:27 PM by Kelly Vaughn

Where would people like to see trails? Where should we not have trails so wildlife have an undisturbed habitat? How can we make sure different user groups stay safe on our trails? How can trails help our year-round economy?

All of these issues were on the table at the final public meeting of the Upper Roaring Fork Valley Trails Plan which took place April 11th  in Snowmass Council Chambers.

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Through this planning effort, representatives from Progressive Trail Designs, International Mountain Biking Association, Pitkin Country Open Space and Trails, the City of Aspen, and the Town of Snowmass Village are trying to prioritize trails construction for the next 10-20 years. Collaboration and long-term planning makes it easier to find funding, as well as do outreach to the community and critical area partners--among other benefits.

In total, about 120,000 acres around Aspen, Woody Creek, Snowmass Village and beyond are up for discussion.

"If you have a great trails system, you have the opportunity to direct recreation in our area landscapes," said Joey Klein of the International Mountain Biking Association. "With new tools and machinery, there are a variety of trail types that are now at a trail planner's disposal. We're looking to achieve trail diversity and progression: A little something for everyone."

If you missed Friday's presentation and discussion, you can watch it on Grassroots TV. Also, if you still want to weigh in on future trails, you can do so on Pitkin County Open Space and Trail's project website.



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