Friends of Browns Canyon Schedules National Public Lands Day Work Day

Media Contact: Keith Baker, Executive Director, Friends of Browns Canyon: 719.966.5074, email: kbaker6474@me.com

Chaffee County, CO (Sept 1, 2016) — The Bureau of Land Management and Friends of Browns Canyon are recruiting volunteers for a National Public Lands Day event on Saturday, Sept 17 from 9a-3p. The trail work will involve the use of hand tools for construction and maintenance improvements. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves, sunscreen and a hat. Lunch will be provided.

In anticipation of Ruby Mountain parking area improvements and re-alignment of the vehicle parking area, the NPLD project goal will be to construct a new trail beginning at the Ruby Mountain Trailhead entrance and continues along the tree line east of the current trail.

The existing trail accesses the Monument and the Wilderness Study Area WSA from the parking lot. The new trail will head south approximately 550-600 feet, passing through the WSA before rejoining the existing trail that accesses the WSA. The existing route continues along an old road with a steep grade heavily damaged by water flow. Additional drainage dips will be added to relieve erosion on the route. Some of the project work will involve filling head-cuts and deep drainages with rock to slow water flow. Eventually with the construction of the new parking lot, the old trail will be closed, fenced off and re-vegetated.

Volunteers should meet at Ruby Mountain Campground on County Road 300 in Nathrop. Carpooling is encouraged. Volunteers may leave after lunch or continue working as they desire.

Please RSVP to 966.5074 or friendsofbrownscanyon@gmail.com for a head count for lunch.

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Friends of Browns Canyon is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to protecting and preserving a gorgeous stretch of public land on the Arkansas River known as Brown’s Canyon. http://brownscanyon.org/