New trail to old artwork

Volunteers sought for BLM local history project

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— Saturday is more than the 14th annual National Public Lands Day across America. It's a chance for Moffat County residents to be involved in creating a new trail to a piece of local history for generations to come.

"We'll be spreading gravel on a trail to some Native American petroglyphs," Bureau of Land Management recreation technician Amy Sharp said. "It will be an easy hike for anyone volunteering."

The project began last year during National Public Lands Day, but work was halted by bad weather.

This year's plan calls for volunteers to improve the pathway and move gravel onto the trail with equipment supplied by the BLM.

Volunteers can either ride in carpools from the BLM Little Snake Field Office at 455 Emerson St., or drive on their own to the entrance to Irish Canyon in Browns Park.

Carpools will leave the BLM office in Craig at 8 a.m. or volunteers driving can rendezvous at the south end of Irish Canyon at 10 a.m.

The interpretive trail will include panels of information describing the artwork and its origins, as well as information on the people creating the petroglyphs.

"If enough volunteers show up, we'll start work on the loop part of the trail," BLM Administrative assistant Jamie Skidmoore said.

Volunteers will be rewarded with a National Public Lands Day T-shirt and a free, one-day pass to federal lands charging fees.

The location is just across Moffat County Road 10 North from the current petroglyph kiosk on the right side of the road at the entrance to Irish Canyon.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring a lunch and clothing suitable for the weather.

National Public Lands Day takes place each year on Sept. 29 and is a National Environmental Education Foundation Program.

Additional information can be obtained from the BLM's Rob Schmitzer at 826-5094.

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