West End

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 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
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: 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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