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Vail Daily letter: Teamwork on the trail

Traci Schalow and Mike Thuillier
Colorado Backcountry Trail Riders Alliance
Vail, CO Colorado

The Colorado Backcountry Trail Riders Alliance is a group of dirt bike riders advocating responsible motorized trail use and stewardship in the White River National Forest and surrounding areas.

We had a great turnout for our trail work day on Basalt Mountain, where over 30-plus dirt bike riders and volunteers showed up to repair a popular creek crossing and revitalize other areas of multi-use trail off of the North Fork of Cattle Creek.

Many volunteers were from the Eagle and Vail area.



We would not have accomplished as much as we did without the direction of David Hamilton and David DiPietro of the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers utilizing their expertise and tools to work on problematic areas.

All of us realized the satisfaction and sense of goodwill of working together with the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, Forest Service, and other user groups to preserve and protect our public lands.



We feel this project has instigated a sense of personal responsibility towards taking care of our trails and will offer more opportunity in the future of working toward keeping these trails open as well as the possibility of adding more motorized routes to the White River National Forest inventory.

In addition, developing partnerships with other user groups will help to instigate an understanding and tolerance between all users.

We look forward to many opportunities such as this. Oct. 2 will be our second workday partnering directly with Forest Service trail crews.



In addition to the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and all the volunteers, we would like to extend a big thanks to Jon Thompson and Blake from the Forest Service; Gabe Eakins, of White Knuckle Racing, who contributed food and beverages; Nelson Oldham, of Dos Gringos, for getting us going with coffee and pastries; Kathy Denman from KTM of Aspen; and, finally, the good showing of support from the Rocky Mountain Sport Riders in the Eagle and Vail area.


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