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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lander Field Office
 
Release Date: 11/08/10
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    
  307-347-5207    

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.

Volunteers from Lander Cycling improve the Johnny Behind the Rocks Trail near Lander.
Volunteers from Lander Cycling improve the Johnny Behind the Rocks Trail near Lander.
Volunteer Jody Daline catches her breath while surveying improvements already made to the trail.
Volunteer Jody Daline catches her breath while surveying improvements already made to the trail.
Volunteer Mark Nunnink works to re-route a section of the trail to provide a more sustainable and enjoyable ride.
Volunteer Mark Nunnink works to re-route a section of the trail to provide a more sustainable and enjoyable ride.
The re-route takes the trail out of its current path through a ravine so that it can shed water and be more easily maintained.
The re-route takes the trail out of its current path through a ravine so that it can shed water and be more easily maintained.
Twenty-six volunteers re-routed a ¼ mile section of the Johnny Behind the Rocks Trail to provide better mountain bike riding, hiking and horseback travel. After completing the re-route, volunteers closed and rehabilitated the old section of the trail.

"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. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 11-08-2010