Thanks to our growing circle of partners, donors, volunteers and friends, RAT again enjoyed an outstanding year in 2016.
Using 2016 CPW grant funds, RAT expanded our existing system North of Ridgway by adding 4.5 miles of new trail. Check out the attached summary of accomplishments, and the related map:
RAT also built an additional 1.5 miles of new trail using money from our 2015 CPW grant. This map depicts the entire system as built on December 1, 2016:
Pursuant to an agreement with the Town of Ridgway, RAT built a new pump track adjacent to the soccer field on the east side of Solar Ranch Subdivision in Ridgway. The entire project cost only about $4500.00 out-of-pocket. The Town donated the land and expedited the administrative approval. Gumption Trail Works designed and spearheaded construction of the track with a strong volunteer effort led by RAT mainstay Sarah Ballantyne. Sarah also donated over $1000.00 of her own money to the project, with RAT paying the balance.
As always, RAT staged its annual Ridgway Fat Tire Festival (formerly known as RAT FEST) with music, beer, food and live auction in Ridgway Town Park. This year we added an Alley Crit through the streets of town and a Poker Run on the RAT system north of town.
RAT also met with and submitted plans to both BLM and the USFS for approximately 35 miles of new trails to be constructed in the future. We’ve received encouragement from both agencies to proceed with these projects. USFS has given us an enthusiastic thumbs-up for our preliminary proposal for 25 miles of trail on Mt. Baldy south of Ridgway. This project may also include some trails on adjoining BLM and we have a separate proposal in the works to put 10 miles of trails on and near the BLM’s McKenzie Butte parcel north of Ridgway. We will continue working with the agencies to implement all those plans. Check out the conceptual plan for the Baldy Project:
And here is the conceptual plan for the McKenzie Butte Project:
RAT also worked hand in hand with other chapters of COPMOBA to develop and submit comprehensive comments the the BLM’s Uncompahgre Field Office Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP). The RMP, once adopted, will profoundly influence the use of almost one million acres of public lands controlled by the UFO office of BLM. Rest assured RAT and COPMOBA will continue in the future to stand up and advocate with the public land management agencies on behalf of Mt. Bikers and all other non-motorized trail users.
RAT also saw local membership in COPMOBA increase by almost 100%. Thanks to all our new and continuing members for your generous support and encouragement.