Craig’s local ATV/UTV club is making strides to improve ATV trails in Northwest Colorado.
On Saturday, the group had training with club members, the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service personnel on the use of a new traildozer purchased with grant money from Colorado State Parks.
The dozer arrived about six weeks ago and will help to speed up and increase the amount of work on ATV trails.
“It’ll make a huge difference in this area,” club member DeLaine Brown said.
Brown said she wrote the grant almost two years ago and went through the process to receive a grant for $127,000 from Colorado State Parks.
Along with the dozer, Brown said the club was able to purchase a trailer to move the dozer and purchase hand equipment such as chain saws as well as have money for operating expenses.
The equipment belongs to the club but is loaned out to the BLM and Forest Service.
Having been in existence for only a couple of years, Brown said the fact the club received the grant was unusual, saying typically a club needed to show longevity.
“We proved to them we could make this work. One of the biggest requirements in any of the areas is getting a working relationship with government agencies. We had huge support,” Brown said.
Brown said the grant money comes from registration fees paid on ATVs and UTVs.
The goal of the club is to help maintain and keep open ATV trails in Colorado. Since those trails are on BLM or Forest Service lands, Brown said the groups work in cooperation to encourage users to stay on the trail and promote safe riding.
Brown said they are looking to use the dozer for a mile-long project as soon as hunting season is over, and then the dozer won’t get much use until spring because of weather.
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