U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lander Field Office
|Release Date: 11/08/10|
BLM and Lander Cycling Partnership Enhances Recreational Opportunities
Volunteers from Lander Cycling and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff partnered to re-route and improve a popular trail south of Lander, Wyo., during a recent workday.
"The problem section was located in a ravine without a way to shed water,” said BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Jared Oakleaf. “The trail became rutted and then the ruts migrated and braided as users tried to avoid impassable sections. The new route will shed water and is engineered to avoid future rutting. It also adds diversity and enjoyment to the trail system."
The re-route was located and designed using International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) standards for sustainable singletrack. The engineering and design was conducted by the BLM in coordination with Jeff Agueda, a local mountain biker and member of Lander Cycling, a local IMBA club. Other recreationists also provided input during the siting and design phase.
“The event would not have been successful without Lander Cycling and its members,” said Oakleaf. He also thanked Huff Sanitation Service and Gannett Peak Sports for their contributions to the effort. In total, contributions (including labor, equipment and services) to the project throughout the year from Lander Cycling and other nonfederal partners exceeded $11,000.
The primary goal of the partnership is to maintain sustainable and enjoyable recreational use in the Johnny Behind the Rocks area. Lander Cycling provides volunteer labor and valuable input about trails so that the BLM can better manage the existing trail system.
"The trails in the Lander area are fun to ride but in many cases lack maintenance or are animal trails converted to recreational trails,” said Agueda. “Over time, they end up becoming rutted and too technical for most beginners. Our effort is focused on trail maintenance and, where necessary, trail re-routes to enhance opportunities for all skill levels.”
“This event was historic in nature in that it is one of the first times the BLM and local mountain bikers have worked together to accomplish trail maintenance," Agueda continued.
The BLM and Lander Cycling and are in the process of identifying other areas of the trail system that need maintenance. The public is encouraged to get involved with this effort by contacting Oakleaf at 307-332-8400 or Lander Cycling at landercycling.org.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Lander Field Office 1335 Main Lander, WY 82520
|Last updated: 11-08-2010|
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