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Release Date: 03/05/12
Contacts: Michelle Bailey, BLM Assistant Field Manager, (970) 244-3047    
  David Grossman, GVTA Coordinator, (970) 462-7151    

New trail alliance in Grand Valley to hold public open house (03-05-12)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, motorized trail-users and anyone else interested in the public trail system in the Grand Valley are invited to a public open house this Thursday to learn more about a new alliance formed to unify public trail management throughout the valley.

The Grand Valley Trails Alliance was recently formed to enhance the ability of trail-user groups, trail enthusiasts, businesses and land managers to plan, develop, build, manage and maintain trails and trail systems. The GVTA is focused on trails of all types and bringing trail users together in new ways.
The initial stakeholders in the GVTA are the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trails Association and the Responsible Recreation Foundation, who are working in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management’s Grand Junction Field Office under an assistance agreement. 

“With such a diversity of trails, trail uses, and agencies overseeing trail management, the Grand Valley would benefit from a more unified, valley-wide coordination of trail management,” said Michelle Bailey, BLM Grand Junction assistant field manager.

“We envision an alliance of various user groups – motorized travel, mountain biking, hiking, equestrian – as well as local civic, business, and municipal representatives,” said David Grossman, GVTA coordinator. “This open house will be a great opportunity to bring trail-users together and to learn more about this alliance.”

The open house is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 8, in Room 235B at the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom, 1455 N. 12th St., Grand Junction. GVTA partners will give a brief presentation at 6:30 p.m.

For information about GVTA or to RSVP, go to

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Last updated: 03-05-2012