ONE CONSTRUCTION GRANT IN PROGRESS, ONE AWARDED – RAT SEEKS PARKS AND TRAILS GRANT – STATE PARK RECEIVES TRAIL CONSTRUCTION GRANT
Please help RAT snag a $200,000.00 parks and trails grant by contacting Amy Sharp at Sparrow Consulting. She is writing a CO Parks and Wildlife construction grant for COPMOBA-Sneffels Chapter (RAT) this year. Funding will be awarded in early 2015 and will pay primarily for trail construction and one trailhead (plus a few other perks) for the Ridgway Trails Project (on the BLM side). Amy needs letters of support for the application. If you are interested in helping out (as an individual or business), email Amy and she will provide you with the details. Thanks in advance! Amy Sharp – firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier this spring, Ridgway State Park applied through the state park system for a grant money to continue construction efforts on the RAT trail system through the summer and fall of 2014. This week Kirstin Copeland at the Park told us the request for funding has been granted. We do not know the exact amount of the grant at this time, but Kirstin informs us that “Ridgway did get funded for a paid trail crew and some infrastructure (gates etc.).” She also says the Park will retain the services of Scott Vanderplaats to supervise construction crews through this construction season. RAT representatives will meet with Kristen, Scott and BLM personnel on August 7th to develop a definite plan for further construction efforts this season. That plan will include some organized volunteer work dates, so stay tuned for more specific information about when you can help build trail and grow the RAT network.