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Release Date: 08/25/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

Join BLM and Lander Cycling for Trail Improvement Event

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office and Lander Cycling will host four days of trail improvement projects, educational opportunities and trail rides, September 8-11, throughout the Lander area.

The project is unique because of the involvement of the International Mountain Bike Association Trail Care Crew (TCC). This traveling team of trail authorities will provide expertise in layout, design and development of the Johnny Behind the Rocks Trail south of Lander and teach Lander Cycling members and other volunteers how to build sustainable trails. The TCC has held similar events at Curt Gowdy State Park, Glendo State Park and on U.S. Forest Service lands near Jackson Hole.

As space is limited for some of the events, volunteers are asked to pre-register at Gannett Peak Sports in Lander. Events will include a ride with the TCC and evening program on Thursday, a trail assessment and evening program on Friday, trail building instruction, trail work and a barbeque on Saturday, and a morning ride on Sunday.

"The Trail Care Crew is highly regarded and has a wealth of trail building knowledge and prowess,” said BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Jared Oakleaf. “This is the first time the crew has visited Lander, as well as the first time the crew has held such an event on BLM lands in Wyoming. The BLM and Lander Cycling are very excited to work with them."

The work done at Johnny Behind the Rocks will target sections of the trail that are susceptible to erosion, due in part to extreme grades and lack of water-draining features. Improvements will provide better mountain bike riding, hiking and horseback travel while reducing impacts to the environment.

Work on the Johnny Behind the Rocks Trail has been an ongoing partnership between Lander Cycling and the BLM to maintain sustainable and enjoyable recreational use in the area. Lander Cycling provides volunteer labor and valuable input about trails so that the BLM can better manage the existing trail system.

To pre-register and obtain essential event details, stop by Gannett Peak Sports at 351 B Main Street in Lander or call 307-332-2926. You may also contact Oakleaf at 307-332-8400.

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: 08-25-2011