U.S. Forest Service starts survey to look for trail repair projects | AspenTimes.com

U.S. Forest Service starts survey to look for trail repair projects

Staff report

In an effort to identify trails that need repair, the regional division of the U.S. Forest Service is seeking comment from hikers and others on locations and issues of their favorite spots that are suffering.

The Rocky Mountain Region has set up a survey for trail users to suggest areas that need maintenance. This effort is in response to the National Trails and Stewardship Act of 2016 and aims to increase trail maintenance by volunteers and partners by 100 percent by the end of 2021.

The Forest Service will select nine to 15 priority areas among its nine regions where a backlog in trail maintenance contributes to reduced access, potential harm to natural resources or trail users and/or has the potential for increased future deferred maintenance costs.

The Rocky Mountain Region manages more than 19,500 miles of trails and nearly 13,000 volunteers worked on repairs last year.

“Connecting and working with forest visitors, volunteers and partners is an integral part of forest and grassland stewardship,” said Rocky Mountain Regional Forester Brian Ferebee. “Public feedback will determine where volunteers, partners and other innovative programs could be used to accomplish focused trail work, increase trail access, and provide a safer and enjoyable trails experience.”

The survey is available though April 7 at http://tinyurl.com/mjhw3c6.

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