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Release Date: 04/22/13
Contacts: David Boyd, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 876-9008    

Volunteers needed to help complete Bookcliffs Trail (04-22-13)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Volunteers are needed to help complete an important loop-trail in the Bookcliffs north of Fruita May 4 and 5. When completed, the trail will provide a long-distance loop trail open to dirt bikes, mountain bikes, horses and hikers. The yet-to-be-named trail will provide an alterantive to a busy county road for trail users.

“We’re hoping to get about 75 people out there,” said Mike Jones, park ranger with the BLM Grand Junction Field Office. “We’ve had a lot of mountain bikers sign-up already, but we’d love to see some dirt bikers join us out there as well. It will be a lot of fun – and a great trail for dirt bikes when complete.”

The work will be strenuous and involve at least a 1.5-mile hike across steep terrain into the site. Meals will be provided for volunteers from Saturday breakfast to Sunday lunch, and live music will be featured Saturday night.

Pre-registration is required at

For more information about volunteering on BLM public lands in the Grand Junction Field Office, contact Fran Parker, 970 244-3031.

The project results from a partnership between the BLM and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. VOC is a statewide nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to motivating and enabling people to be active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources.  Since 1984, VOC’s volunteer, youth, and leadership training programs have engaged more than 92,000 people of all ages in caring for Colorado’s outdoors – a total donated labor value of over $18.6 million. Last year VOC helped 554 volunteers log more than 15,000 hours assisting the BLM Grand Junction Field Office with a variety of projects

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 04-22-2013