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bebe
04-25-2012, 08:44 PM
Colorado Trail Patrol - New Season for Valuable OHV Trail Management Tool

Denver, CO – April 16, 2011 - The Colorado Trail Patrol is looking forward to another season of assisting the USDA Forest Service, Colorado State Parks and Wildlife, and the Bureau of Land Management. Everyone within the OHV community can participate in this easy and fun system built to help assist local trail maintenance and land management.

The Colorado Trail Patrol asks volunteers to log the trails they travel and document any positive and negative issues they may come across. Reports get sorted and go directly to recreation managers, planners and trail crews depending on the situation. We then work with agency staff to determine and organize an OHV-friendly solution if an issue was reported. Districts and field offices are also informed about trail systems that are in good condition too, allowing agency staff to know that the implemented management policies are working well.

The creation of a statewide network of Patrollers will allow us to notify the agencies about small issues quickly and thus prevent damage from continuing. Quick identification of maintenance needs helps direct resources and allow for issues of immediate need to be addressed.

Once volunteers are trained, they are asked to keep doing what they love…enjoying the trails of Colorado. Their normal routines are only changed by taking a few minutes to submit a trip report into the database including photos, where they traveled, and any descriptions after they get home from the ride. Colorado Trail Patrol staff then ensures the information gets to the proper personnel within the Forest Service, Colorado State Parks and Wildlife, or the Bureau of Land Management .

Trainings are held all around the state for those interested in becoming CTP volunteers. To see the complete list of upcoming training sessions, please visit the Stay the Trail Calendar (http://staythetrail.org/calendar.php) or find the Colorado Trail Patrol on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ColoradoTrailPatrol (http://www.facebook.com/coloradotrailpatrol)).

Upcoming Volunteer Training Sessions:
April 19 – 6:30pm Montrose Library. 320 South 2nd Street, Montrose, CO.
April 21 – 4:30pm. Southglenn Library, Centennial. 6972 South Vine Street, Centennial, CO.
April 26 – 6:30pm. Firestation #8. 3737 Airport Rd. Colorado Springs, CO.
May 10 – 6:30pm. Castlewood Library. 6739 South Uinta Street Centennial, CO 80112
May 15 – 6:30pm. Loveland Library. 300 North Adams Ave. Loveland, CO.
May 22 – 6:30pm. Firestation #8. 3737 Airport Rd. Colorado Springs, CO.

About Colorado Trail Patrol
The Colorado Trail Patrol is overseen by the Responsible Recreation Foundation. The Program Coordinator for the Colorado Trail Patrol is Matt Glass. In joint partnership between Colorado State Parks, USDA Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Responsible Recreation Foundation, this program’s efforts are to gather and record data on Off-highway Vehicle (OHV) compliance on dedicated OHV trails.

Inquires
For more information, please contact:
Matt Glass, Program Coordinator, Colorado Trail Patrol. PO Box 915, Wheat Ridge, CO 80034.
Tel:720-454-0481 Email: Matt@StaytheTrail.org

alrock
04-26-2012, 12:17 AM
Sounds like a pretty cool program. Thanks Bebe.