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ECO Trails Committee Names 2011 Trails Supporters

Contact:  Ellie Caryl, ECO Trails Program Manager, 970-328-3523 or ellie.caryl@eaglecounty.us 

2011 trail supportersThe Colorado Department of Transportation, Eagle Vail Board of Governors, Hardscrabble Trails Coalition, Vail Valley Chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association and Town of Gypsum have been selected as the 2011 Trail Supporter of the Year Award winners by the citizen ECO Trails Committee. The awards are made annually for exceptional contributions to the regional trail system and local transportation system for the benefit of bicyclists and pedestrians. The honorees will receive their awards from ECO Trails Committee and County Commissioners on December 20.

The Colorado Department of Transportation Region 3 (CDOT) Maintenance staff will be honored for their efforts this year in Eagle County and statewide to support the USA Pro-Cycling Challenge Race that relied on use of the state highway system. Crews repaired and upgraded sections of Highway 6, 131 and the old Highway 6 portion of the Vail Pass bike path to accommodate the race event. Some work was scheduled as regular maintenance, but crews at CDOT worked hard to fit in the extra items required to stage the race, which benefitted the state’s economy and status as an international cycling venue. Additionally, CDOT Region 3 Traffic Division, Right of Way, Permitting and Engineering Divisions staff kept Highway 6 shoulders, shared use roads and review of trail proposals a priority within their work load, moving several important projects along towards 2012 construction. CDOT staff has always been an essential partner in county and town efforts to improve the pedestrian and bicycling facilities in Eagle County.

The Eagle Vail Board of Governors (EVBOG) and their staff have been key partners in the Avon to Eagle Vail Trail Project that will provide a walking and bicycling route alongside Highway 6 for the benefit of Eagle Vail residents as well as citizens and visitors. The EVBOG granted easements across Metro District property to facilitate the project including a crossing of the Eagle Vail golf course. EVBOG staff’s technical assistance was also critical to the planning and construction process. EVBOG also voted to contribute to the cost of the project, which commenced construction in 2011 and will be completed in 2012. The project will travel from Avon Road to the east end of the Eagle Vail Commercial District, with future extension to Dowd Junction.

Town of Gypsum is being honored for their efforts to upgrade and improve the Eagle Valley Trail segments within the town, add spur trails that connect to the system and assist with trail maintenance beyond their town boundaries in the interest of sharing responsibility for a consistently maintained trail system between jurisdictions. Town of Gypsum has also been actively supportive of ECO Trails efforts to expand the system to communities to the east and west of Gypsum for the benefit of other jurisdictions and adjacent counties.

The Vail Valley Chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association (VVIMBA) and the Hardscrabble Trails Coalition (HTC) were both founded in the past year by local residents. ECO Trails wanted to recognize these groups for organizing trail work days to improve or maintain public land trails. Their efforts help maintain the sustainability and user enjoyment of the trails, but also demonstrate to land management agencies that local citizens are invested in the preservation of the trail systems that are close to their communities, as the most frequent users of those systems. These groups join the Trail Action Group, founded in 1996 by Dawes Wilson and Bob Kippola, as a past honoree for organizing volunteer work days on public lands trails. VVIMBA, co-chaired by Jamie Malin and Peter Geyer, has hosted several work days in the mid and upper valley area, including a new trail connection between Singletree and Avon, and improvement on trails on Vail Mountain. The Hardscrabble Trails Coalition, co-chaired by Adam Palmer and Scott Lingle, have hosted several work days to improve the East Eagle Trail System that was developed in the early 2000’s through a BLM, Town of Eagle and ECO Trails partnership.

ECO Trails is a partnership between Vail, Avon, Minturn, Red Cliff, Eagle, Gypsum, Eagle County and the citizen volunteer ECO Trails Committee to complete a connected paved trail system through Eagle County with links to spur and backcountry trails, as well as working to improve bicycling on our local roadways.