By Alesha Damerville
Image from the City of Steamboat Springs
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS- Do you have a favorite neighborhood trail or section of the Yampa River Core Trail? Did you know you can look after that trail or a segment of it as part of the Adopt-A-Trail program?
The City of Steamboat Springs Open Space and Trails is looking for individuals or organizations interested in volunteering their time to help maintain treasured neighborhood trails like Blue Sage, Fox Creek, Rita’s Route, Butcherknife and Lower Spring Creek along with sections of the Yampa River Core Trail.
The Adopt-A-Trail program requires a two-year commitment that involves visiting a section of the Core Trail or other neighborhood trails at least once a month from May to October. Signs acknowledging each volunteer organization are installed at the beginning and end of the adopted section.
Work typically involves removing garbage and debris as well as monitoring and reporting any observed issues to city staff. Adopting groups are encouraged to sort litter when picking up and recycle materials if possible. Trash bags, if needed, are provided at the beginning of the season by the city.
The Adopt-A-Trail program started in1991 when it was included as part of an overall Adopt-A-Park initiative. The Adopt-A-Trail program continues to act as a valuable resource in maintaining these popular community assets and looks to grow the number of organizations participating in the future.
For additional information, to see if a trail is already dedicated or to sign up for the Adopt-A-Trail program, contact Open Space and Trails Coordinator Jenny Carey before May 1.
This article is sponsored by: The City of Steamboat Springs. For more information contact: Jenny Carey, Open Space and Trails Coordinator, [email protected]