Volunteers Get Their Hands Dirty at Pole Mountain “Dig Day”

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June 9, 2017

CONTACT:

Tim Young, Executive Director, (307) 413-8464, www.wyopath.org

Volunteers Get Their Hands Dirty at Pole Mountain “Dig Day”

Great Turnout for National Trails Day Event Shows Community Commitment to Improve the Trails at Pole Mountain

[LARAMIE, WY]— On Saturday, June 3rd, the University of Wyoming Outdoor Program, along with the United States Forest Service and Wyoming Pathways, held the first “dig day” for the Pole Mountain Trail Project. The event, held on National Trails Day, was also a celebration of the start of the Project and gave the Pole Mountain trail using community the opportunity to give back to their beloved trail system by helping on trail maintenance on many of the system trails at Pole Mountain. Volunteers also had the opportunity to meet and talk with project leaders, learn more about the project and meet the Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC) crews who are doing thousands of hours of trail maintenance as part of the Project.

Turnout for the event was greater than expected, with over 50 volunteers from Laramie, Cheyenne and elsewhere around the region gathering at the Happy Jack Trailhead. The weather was ideal for trail work, with moderate temperatures and light winds. Host Dan McCoy with the University of Wyoming Outdoor Program provide a project orientation and the Forest Service and Scott Linnenburger of trail consulting firm, Kay-Linn Enterprises covered safety and work tips.  The tools for the Dig Day were graciously provided by Wyoming State Parks. Following the tool safety talk, volunteers were organized into crews, joined their Crew Leaders, collected their tools and hard hats, and headed out on the trail sections to begin work.

After a half-day of productive trail maintenance, volunteers returned to the trailhead for the lunch, provided by Wyoming Pathways. During lunch, crews from the WCC stopped by to meet their volunteer counterparts. Forest Service District Ranger, Frank Romero, UW Outdoor Program Manager, Dan McCoy and Wyoming Pathways Executive Director, Tim Young each spoke about the Project, thanked volunteers for their contributions and expressed hopes for future cooperative efforts to improve the trails at Pole Mountain.

Work continues on the Project through June 21st, with two more WCC crews scheduled to start June 12 for a ten days of trail maintenance work at Pole Mountain. A second volunteer “Dig Day” is planned on National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 30th.

In related work, the Outdoor Program is hosting an intensive 2-day trail building school this weekend June 10-11. Scott has extensive experience in teaching sustainable trail design and maintenance, and runs a private trail building consulting and professional services firm based out of Boulder, CO. The focus of the TBS will be on teaching participants how to develop and maintain sustainable trails.

 

The Pole Mountain Trail Project is a cooperative effort between the Laramie Ranger District of the United States Forest Service and various organizations and community members to improve and augment the system trails at Pole Mountain, in the Medicine Bow National Forest.  The project is the culmination of years of effort by these same groups to develop a framework for ongoing maintenance of Pole Mountain and was given impetus by a $46,000 Wyoming Recreational Trails Program Grant and contributions by Wyoming Pathways, Laramie BikeNet and Laramie community members.

The United States Forest Service mission is “To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.” Its motto is “Caring for the land and serving people.”

The University of Wyoming Outdoor Program helps recruit and retain students, faculty and staff by providing a wide range of inclusive, safe, reasonably-priced outdoor programs and services to the UW community.  We expose individuals to the natural environment, provide skill and leadership development opportunities, facilitate interactions and fun.

Wyoming Pathways is the statewide voice of people who bicycle and walk. Our mission is to inspire, motivate and unite a strong community of public, business, and political leaders to improve people-powered travel and recreation opportunities in Wyoming, including bicycling, walking, hiking and cross-country skiing and fat biking.