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2017 West End Chapter Annual Meeting Minutes

January 30, 2017

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WEST  END  CHAPTER

First Annual West End Chapter Meeting

MINUTES

28 January 2017, 10:00 am

 Norwood Colorado  - Oliver House

 

1.    ROLL Call :  Katie Sapp, Jon Sapp, Jenny Russell, Clay Wadman, John B Stewart, Paul Koski

    Bob Wargowsky  (non-member)  

2.    MEETING AGENDA: Paul Koski opened and chaired the meeting with an introduction and brief history of his 23 year relationship with COPMOBA and how the organization has affected trails in the West End. Members were brought up to date on the relationship between COPMOBA, West End Trails Alliance (WETA) and Montrose West Recreation (MWR). There was discussion about mission statements and Quick read more or view full article overlapping interests, plus the non- profit status of each, WETA being under MWR’s non profit “umbrella”. 

     The handling of funds by the local committee was explained leading to a discussion on the many benefits and challenges of being a  COPMOBA Chapter.  Various local trail projects were explained how they were funded and how COPMOBA has been successful in obtaining funding for planning, construction and maintenance of regional trails from a variety of sources. COPMOBA membership counts were given for each chapter.

    The need for a formation of a local committee to satisfy COPMOBA bylaws was explained which led to discussion of possible commitments  to the organization from those present.

3.    LOCAL COMMITTEE FORMATION- It was decided by unanimous consent that Katie Sapp, John B Stewart and Paul Koski would make up the local committee and Paul Koski would chair and be the COPMOBA board representative. Paul explained his desire to eventually pass his Board position on to someone else and gave Katie Sapp his recommendation to become a Board member. Katie agreed to consider and attend the next COPMOBA Board meeting.     

4.    COMMITTEE 2017 GOALS AND ACTIVITIES

    The bottom connector to the Picket Trail and  overall maintenance was discussed as a possible project for 2017. JB Stewart will head up this project. 

    A possible bicycle clinic and beer fest was suggested. Jon Sapp will head up that event.

    Local rides will resume as trail conditions warrant.

5.     NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING-  Feb 16th 2017, Norwood  LTBA*  (*WETA’s regularly scheduled meeting)  Katie Sapp will locate.

6.     Meeting adjourned 11:40 am


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West End Chapter 2016 Annual Report

December 19, 2016
This past year has been one of growth and achievement for the West End. Click on the image below to read the full report. 

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WEST END TRAIL WORK GETS ROCKY!

December 1, 2016


With over two-and-a-half miles of new singletrack trail constructed this fall, some of the more challenging and rocky sections were bypassed in order for crews to get the most trail put down until the "rock crew" could get in and address those areas needing the most attention. With a small crew of three, a major switchback was completed in about six hours using rock bars and a handyman jack. It was impressive - to say the least - what three people can accomplish by working smart and with the right tools! A steep cross-slope also Quick read more or view full article helped when it came time to roll three large stones into their final positions. These were no small rocks either, but once the 2-3 ton stones were in place, we were able to get the proper grade and length needed to make the switchback ride nicely. A large amount of fill was needed behind the stones, which was readily available close by and just above the switchback creating an ideal  situation for the trail crew. See pictures below. 

Our thanks for a successful and safe day of trail building in the West End goes out to Samantha Andrews (Boss Lady) and her two underling volunteers, John B Stewart and Paul Koski.

The Paradox Trail Reroute project has less than a mile-and-a-half of new singletrack trail to construct before completion plus the trailhead parking area off the Delta-Nucla Road. Crews will continue to work until weather conditions close the project until early spring. The entire 17-mile reroute should be completed by the summer of 2017 with a dedication planned sometime next year. 

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West End Chapter Comments on BLM Uncompahgre Field Office Draft RMP

October 30, 2016
22 October 2016                                                               
 
BLM- Uncompahgre Field Office
2465 South Townsend Ave.
Montrose, CO  81401
 
Re: Comments on the UFO- Resource Management Plan
 
The West End Trails Alliance (WETA) is a local grass roots advocacy group committed to developing and promoting Public Lands access in western San Miguel and Montrose Counties plus the area in Mesa County surrounding Gateway, much of which is covered in the Uncompaghre Field Office- Resource Management Plan.  The entire West End of the UFO offers a very large and unique area featuring three large tracts currently being administered as Wilderness plus thousands of Quick read more or view full article acres more of wilderness like lands that have historically seen mineral exploration and extraction activity. The existing trails and roads, which were created offer locals and visitors alike a relatively easy opportunity to explore and enjoy these wild places with minimal impact.  Public lands use policy greatly effect our small West End communities specifically when it comes to economic development.  As you know, the West End contains hundreds of miles of old mining trails and two track, most of which are visible from satellite imagery and found on the BLM Surface Management maps. During the initial scoping process in Naturita, participants were told by UFO staff members that trails visible from the air would be considered as existing travel routes. On the ground exploration of many of these trails have resulted in a growing number of routes that have become popular with many mountain bike and hiking enthusiasts.
           
West End communities currently face an impending economic disaster with the scheduled closing of the Nucla Station power plant and supplying coalmine by 2022.  The State of Colorado, Montrose County, Region 10 and the Department of Local Affairs among others have already begun the discussion about diversification of these local economies. One of the most promising is the development of outdoor recreation. We are currently involved with an initiative called Blueprint 2.0 which will create a plan to develop an outdoor recreation industry here in the West End based on successful trail models implemented in other Colorado communities.  We believe a working relationship with the BLM-UFO is necessary in order to develop recreational features such as camp sites, trail signage, kiosks, trail connectors and stacked loop trail systems which will enhance current efforts to identify existing trails for area residents and visitors. The resource Management Plan should address these efforts that local communities, impacted by surrounding Public Lands, are currently undertaking.
           
The RMP’s travel management sections allows for identification of trails to be considered. We have listed many of the popular trails currently being used and to be proposed.  We would like to see these routes recognized and considered in the future for their unique historic and recreational values. This is not a complete list, as more are being considered, explored and mapped on an ongoing basis.
           
Thank you for considering our comments.

Sincerely,
 
West End Trails Alliance
Board of Directors
PO Box 281
Nucla, CO 81424 
 
West End Trails for consideration in the UFO- Resource Management Plan
Note: Not a complete list
 
Trail Name                                                                   
 
Y-11 or Shamrock Trail
Paradox Trail with Spradlin Park Bypass (under construction)
Blue Mesa Loop
North Bench Trail (south rim Third Park)
Saucer Basin Loop
Sawtooth Ridge Loop
Nyswonger Mesa Loop
Catch em Up Trail (Bedrock)
Dry Creek Trail
North Spradlin Park Boundary Trail (hiking only- to be proposed)
Naturita Public Lands Access (south)
Martin Mesa Canyon (hiking only)
Horse Collar Arch Trail (hiking only
Beehive Canyon Trail (hiking only)
North Nucla Trail System (multi use - to be proposed)
East Nucla trail System (multi use- to be proposed)
Sew Em Up Mesa Trail (County Line)
Sew Em Up Mesa Trail ( Roc Creek)
Long Park Trail- West End
Naturita to Nucla Trail (to be proposed)
Burn Canyon Trail System (under construction)
 
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West End Chapter Report 10/17/16

October 26, 2016
COPMOBA Board Meeting !
Ridgeway, Colorado!
17 October 2016! !
West End Chapter Report!
Paul Koski, WETA Treasurer! !
1. WETA last met on September 22nd in Naturita where we had 8 members in attendance. We
currently have over $6,235.45 in the MWR account of which $5,406.19 is restricted to the
ongoing mapping initiative. The remaining $829.26 reflects our growing $5.00 memberships
(40) and ongoing fundraisers such as the M2D road ride where we made $160.00.
Currently we have 7 COPMOBA members in WETA.!
2. The Bring Your Thunder trails event on July 30th Quick read more or view full article was a big success with 30! !
participants, enough to create two trail crews on Saturday. I think we impressed the
Norwood Forest Service office staff with the whole event plus everyone had a great time
riding the 19 mile system.!
3. Work has been ongoing at the Burn Canyon Recreation Area west of Norwood with
another 6 miles of single track trail created this summer. The large dispersed recreation
area will feature motorized and non motorized trail systems with over 30 miles of trails on its
completion.!
4. Work has begun on the Paradox Trail Reroute with over 1.5 miles of new single track
created as we build north toward Coal Canyon with volunteers. We hope to have this
section signed and opened first which will bring the PT once again off the west edge of Pinto
Mesa to where the new trail crosses the Delta Nucla Road 2.5 miles east of Nucla. To date
we have 47 volunteer man hours constructing trail. Samantha Andrews, our local trail
builder, has the one mile SE traverse section pin flagged and will be starting on that section
soon with her crew while the BLM is allowing the volunteers to work under her supervision.!
5. Our new website: westendtrails.org should be up and running soon. We saw a demo of the
site at our last WETA meeting and it will be interactive with mapping overlays that can be
enlarged and printed plus photos of each trail with detailed descriptions. We thought we
would start with just 15 or so trails but the last I heard we are over 30 hiking and biking
routes at this time. The printed version should be out by February 2017 with hopefully even
more trails featured. !
6. Tuesday, I am meeting with a team from the UCBoulder- Leeds School of Business. We are
all participating in the Blueprint 2.0 Initiative to “Grow Your Own Outdoor Recreation
Industry” for the WestEnd communities. This program, offered by the Office of Economic
Development and Trade (OEDIT) and Colorado Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry will
hopefully offer a plan and ideas specific to our remote area for outdoor recreation
development. There is a lot of outside interest in the WestEnd from the State now with the
annoucement of the closing of TriState’s Nucla Station and coal mine by 2022. We have
less than six years to plan and implement some form of economic diversification including
outdoor recreation. Our own Chris Muhr and Jen Taylor might find themselves in the middle
of this discussion with their proposed Adreneline Trail Initiative which has come up as part of
that mix. Stay tuned!

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