FRUITA, Colo.- Warm weather is finally here and many people are starting to enjoy the perks of living in the outdoor mecca that is Mesa County. But mountain bikers are slowing down on some Trails for the Grand Valley Trails Maintenance Crew. They’re hired by Mesa County Public Health to maintain trails.
“Last year really highlighted the value and importance that trails and outdoor recreation has here in this valley,” says Ross Mittleman, the Trails Coordinator for Mesa County Public Health.
“I think part of the reason we got funding for the maintenance crew was because of the massive uptick in usership and the need to maintain those trails for the public at large, ” he says.
The crew is focusing on three main trail systems. Kokopeli, North Fruita Desert and Lunch Loops, along with Forest Service lands on the Grand Mesa and Uncompahgre National Forests.
The work includes technical rock work, re-vegetation of social trails, erosion control, tread rehabilitation and corridor clearing. It’s all made possible by the $114,500 grant that was awarded to the health department by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission, with the goal to keep Mesa County healthy and happy.