Trail Restoration Efforts Doubling this November

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – A local environmental organization said it’s increasing efforts this year to ecologically restore BLM trails that have been closed off to the public.

The local chapter of the Great Old Broads for Wilderness began collecting non-invasive native plant seeds early in the summer. This November, they plan to descend on the Little Park Trailhead, the Palisade Rim Trail and some of the Lunch Loop Trails to rehabilitate the scenery.

The Great Old Broads’ members, or “Broadband,” first took on a trail restoration endeavor in 2013. They enlisted members of their own organization of elderly women to dig up and re-seed portions of a trail near Little Park Trailhead. Now after a year has passed, they said the scar on the land is disappearing.

“It’s quite a noticeable change from last year, where it was a very visible two-track trail leading across,” said Great Old Broads member Janice Shepherd. “Now it’s sort of… blending in.”

This year, organizers said they’re bringing in younger volunteers to increase their productivity and output. With the help of a Desert Ecosystem Analysis and Restoration grant, the Broadband will be teaming up with the Mesa County Partners and Hilltop’s Trail Crew.

The Great Old Broads for Wilderness said their volunteer work is planned with the help of the Grand Junction BLM field office.

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