Conservation Corps improves Cody-area trails
CODY, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management hosted the Utah Conservation Corps this summer for two weeks of trail improvement projects at the Four Bear and Peaks Divide trails near Cody.
“BLM-managed public land in this area gives people an alternative to Yellowstone’s busy trails,” said BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Rick Tryder. “By maintaining these trails, we hope to provide recreationists with sustainable outdoor opportunities near Cody.”
The UCC crew stabilized and improved crucial parts of the trails with retaining drainage structures. They repaired sections of eroded trail; cleared roots, stumps and loose rocks; built water bars; removed fence parts; and naturalized social trails.
“By maintaining Four Bear Trail, we encourage visitors to be conscious hikers and continue to be outside,” the crew wrote in their trail report to the BLM. “Making sure the trail is sustainable and safe for users prevents social trails from forming.”
The Four Bear Trail, located between Cody and the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park, is popular among hikers and horseback riders. East of Cody, the scenic Peaks Divide Trail winds through the badlands of the McCullough Peaks Wilderness Study Area, which provides opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation.
The crew found the landscapes of the trails to be unique. “We are so grateful to be able to see such amazing parts of Wyoming,” they said.
The Cody Field Office asks recreationists to stay on the trail and to pack it in–pack it out. “The UCC crew worked hard to fix erosion issues caused by people shortcutting the switchbacks on the trails,” said Tryder. “Sticking to the trails reduces the likelihood that multiple routes will develop and damage the landscape.”
This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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.