Red Hill Spring Construction Info Open House March 18th- Canceled

The following message was received from Kevin Schorzman (Public Works Director in Carbondale) about cancellation of the Red Hill Construction Open House on Wednesday. It has been canceled.

All,
I light of current events, we have canceled the open house scheduled for Wednesday. We have also canceled the commuter parking meeting on Thursday. In place of the open house, we will schedule a conference call early next week for those who want to hear about the project or ask questions. Please let your network know about the cancellation.
Thanks,
Kevin

The Town of Carbondale will be closing access to the Red Hill trails for a period of 4-6 weeks this spring to allow for planned construction activities.

This includes a re-aligned CR 107 road and intersection with Hwy 82, drainage improvements, two new parking lots, and a dismantling of the old (existing) parking lot.

An updated trailhead will eventually include new informational signage and amenities.

The public is invited An open house is scheduled for Wednesday March 18th, 4-7pm at Carbondale Town Hall.

Meeting is Wednesday March 18th, 4-7pm at Carbondale Town Hall.

Forest Service Seeks comments on Government Trail/ Anaerobic Nightmare Spring Closure Period Extension

In an effort to help boost the number of elk calves that are born and survive until fall each year, the White River National Forest proposes to modify the spring closure dates of the area that contains the Government Trail section from Snowmass to Buttermilk and the Anaerobic Nightmare trail that connects the Tom Blake Trail to the Government Trail.

The proposal would add one week to the seasonal closure changing the spring opening from June 21st to June 28th.

Tom Blake, Sequel and the Snowmass Bike Park trails will still open on June 21st.

RFMBA supports this proposal. And we think a majority of mountain bikers understand the need to respect management decisions focused on healthy ecosystems and a thriving wildlife population.

RFMBA is open to supporting balanced proposals, like this one, that utilize reasonable, science based, and time specific limits on recreation. This proposal has also been reviewed and is supported by the Town of Snowmass Village, Pitkin County’s Open Space & Trails, and the Aspen Skiing Company. Working together, we’ll all help to publicized the revised closure period information.

The bike trails that are within the extended closure are Government Trail from Snowmass to Buttermilk and Anaerobic Nightmare.

The USFS warns that if the proposal is implemented, violations of the restriction order would be punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual, $10,000 for an organization or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both.

How to Comment
For more information please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57661 to view maps of the closure areas and corresponding closure periods.

You may comment on this proposal at https://cara.ecosystem‐management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=57661

Please provide comments by March 16, 2020.

Job Posting – 2020 Seasonal Trail Crew Members Wanted!

Update on 4/3/2020: positions have been filled for 2020 season. You are still welcome to send us your resume, we’ll keep it on file for future opportunities. Thank you!

RFMBA – Seasonal Trail Crew Member – Summer 2020

Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association – RF Valley, Colorado

Love trails?  Have a passion for mountain biking?  Join RFMBA’s third annual Seasonal Trail Crew, May through August!  Enquire for potential to start earlier and end later.  Ideal candidates will have volunteer or professional experience with singletrack trail maintenance and will be passionate about mountain biking and trail culture.  Spend the summer outdoors, improving local trails from Aspen to New Castle.  Maintain trail tread and drainage structures, trim corridor vegetation, clear fallen trees, and generally improve bike trails in both high-use and remote backcountry areas.  During 2020, three Trail Crew Members will serve as ambassadors for public lands and RFMBA.  Personal vehicle required for remote trailhead access; mileage reimbursement offered for all travel.  Equipment stipend and mobile phone reimbursement offered.  Training requirements are included to improve your trail, tool, safety, and backcountry knowledge.  $15-$18+/hour, 40 hours/week, based on experience.  Learn more by calling 970-948-3486.

To Apply:If interested, please submit a PDF resume to info@rfmba.org.  Resumes & Email introduction statement of interest & experience must be submitted by Friday, April 3 (earlier is better), with availability to work starting between early April or late May.

Position Summary 

• Maintain and improve existing public trails open to mountain biking.  Report accomplishments and identify future maintenance needs on a daily basis.  Serve as an ambassador for public lands and RFMBA.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities 

• Promote public trails and RFMBA’s mission as a friendly ambassador.

• Responsible for the assigned maintenance of specific trail corridors, treads, drainage structures, turn structures, and other trail features.

• Clearly communicate with RFMBA supervisors regarding scheduled and assigned work.

• Learn and utilize online system for daily descriptive reporting of accomplished work and trail issues identified for potential future work.

• Work with RFMBA staff and volunteers on trail maintenance, trail system improvement, or trail construction projects when assigned and scheduled to do so.

• Responsible for all tools provided for the use within the Seasonal Trail Crew Program.

• Additional duties as assigned by RFMBA supervisors.

Education, Experience & Skills 

• High school diploma or equivalent.

• Passion for mountain biking and trail culture (strong understanding of trail experiences desired by all types of mountain bikers on various trail types).

• Trail maintenance or trail construction experience with traditional hand tools (volunteer or professional).

• Experience using a chainsaw or brush cutter (safety training to be provided).

• Ability to handle high stress situations.

• Ability to work both independently and in small groups, while remaining motivated without on-site supervision.

• High intermediate to expert mountain biking skills with the physical dexterity to carry heavy loads while moving downhill.

• Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.

License and Certifications 

• Must have a valid, current, and unrestricted Driver’s license.

• Must maintain standard auto insurance coverage.

Working Conditions 

• Candidates must be willing and able to work in all conditions relative to outdoor weather up to 8 hours per day.

• Must be able to lift and move up to 80 pounds.

• Must be able to lift reasonable weight and will be expected to lop/shovel/chainsaw/etc. for considerable amounts of each work day.

Redstone to McClure Pass Trail – Comment by 3/20/20

Redstone to McClure Pass Trail – Scoping Period Comments due by Thursday 3/20/20. Take a couple minutes and submit your comment today! 

Pitkin County is moving forward on the next stage of the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail.  They have asked the White River National Forest (WRNF) to take a deep look at a particular 7 mile portion called the Redstone to McClure Pass Trail.  This portion of the future trail would be soft-surface or natural surface trail, 3 to 5 feet wide, with a singletrack feel in many places.  A couple of miles would closely parallel Highway 133, while 5 miles would utilize historic routes including the Rock Creek Wagon Road, and the Old McClure Pass Rd.  

Learn more about the Scoping period the will lead to the project’s Environmental Assessment at this link:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56913

During the County’s planning process that resulted in the adoption of an overall vision for the trail between Carbondale and the top of McClure Pass, this segment was generally considered the least controversial and generated little opposition.  However, now that it will be the focus of a more detailed Environmental Assessment, trail users and mountain bikers need to speak up and share their views with the WRNF about this potential trail.  

RFMBA supports this trail’s eventual approval.  When complete, it would allow riders to enjoy a 14 mile out-and-back ride from Redstone.  Some will choose to visit the area and take their time on the trail to enjoy the incredible views available in this part of the Crystal Valley.  Residents who live near Redstone will be able to enjoy this trail without even getting in a motor vehicle.

We also support the long term vision for the overall trail.  While the lower valley trail alignments may take many years to select the best alignment, fully study and approve, and finally construct… they would collectively result in the type of long distance adventures that many cyclists pursue. Whether seeking a day’s ride from Carbondale, up to the Pass and back, or continuing on the Raggeds Trail towards Crested Butte and beyond, approving this first segment in the upper Crystal Valley is the current focus, and deserves your support.

We suggest making your comments be specific to the type of experiences you would personally pursue, or envision others enjoying, on the trail between Redstone and McClure Pass.

Submit your comments using this link today!
https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=56913

Roaring Fork Valley Designated a Gold-Level Ride Center by the IMBA.

This is the first Gold-Level IMBA Ride Center in Colorado and the fifth in the United States.

With more than 300 miles of high quality singletrack to explore, the Roaring Fork Valley provides an incredible breadth of experiences for both local and visiting riders seeking beauty and exhilaration.

The IMBA Gold-Level evaluation criteria is comprised of key aspects that make for an amazing mountain bike destination and include: variety of trail types, overall trail mileage, quality of trail experiences, destination best practices, and local services.

The Roaring Fork Valley’s system of trails scored high marks in each of these categories, contributing to the IMBA Gold-Level designation.