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Volunteers sought to construct Avon’s new Saddle Ridge Trail

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AVON — Volunteers are needed to help construct the new Saddle Ridge Trail, which will offer local communities and visitors an additional trail for hiking and mountain biking. Volunteers of Outdoor Colorado will be coordinating a volunteer effort to help build the trail on next Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering in your local community, register online at http://www.voc.org. Click on "Volunteer," then "Project Calendar," where you will find the Saddle Ridge project. Contact Tessa Christensen, volunteer and project coordinator at tessa@voc.org or 970-827-5165 for additional information and questions.

The Saddle Ridge Trail is part of the 478-acre "West Avon Preserve" located between the Avon and Singletree communities. This land, transferred from the Forest Service to the town of Avon through a multiparty, triple government, land exchange is now official open space. In addition, the Eagle Valley Land Trust holds a permanent conservation easement on the land, which will ensure the open space in perpetuity.

The Saddle Ridge Trail system was made possible through partnerships between the U.S. Forest Service, town of Avon, Singletree Community and the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association. Working collaboratively they created a trail system enabling hiking and mountain biking just a few steps or pedals from residents' homes.

Additional information can also be found at The Kind Bikes & Skis in Edwards, 970-926-1260 or by contacting Lee Rimel at leerimel@gmail.com or 970-390-4256.