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Thu, April 09

Keeping up with Red Rock Ranger District

With the September closing of the Red Rock Ranger District's fiscal year, there are a few items the Ranger Station would like to share with VOC residents.

New trails decision

Ranger Branton recently signed the Decision Notice to allow for the addition of several new trails onto the Red Rock Trail system, addition of several trailheads and removal of some social routes.

All the associated documents and resource information are posted to the Coconino website, www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=43876.

This decision has been in the making since the trails planning meetings in 2013 and is a follow-up to those meetings, as well as community involvement from Rimrock, Cornville and Camp Verde. Implementation of this decision will depend on funding and community assistance in the coming years - especially for trailhead development.

Old Sedona Cultural Park

As part of the district's work program for 2016, the Forest Service will soon seek public comment on specific proposals for an improved trail system associated with the Girdner Trailhead.

The City of Sedona is currently planning for the old "cultural park" (community focus area).

Comments from their process, as well as input from trail users, indicates the importance of this area for trail use and the opportunity to enhance trail access and choices for all non-motorized trail users.

A sustainable trail assessment was conducted in 2014-15 for forest lands in this area to get a better idea on where trails could be placed. Many potential sustainable trail alignments were identified.

Contribution to trails

• The Forest Service thanks all who helped over the past year in a variety of ways to benefit Red Rock Trails: involvement in planning, active volunteerism and funds to boost maintenance for trails. Here are a few stand-out contributions:

• City of Sedona for its 2015 contribution, $30,000, toward trail maintenance within city limits, on forest lands.

• Friends of the Forest for non-stop - for more than a decade - trail maintenance crew efforts that, each week, maintain a segment of trail and for their invaluable trailhead information hosting.

• Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition for volunteer trail work and contributing various signs and bike racks on Forest land.

• Red Rock Trail Fund for its 2015 donation of $22,000, which allows the Forest Service to have a trail maintenance crew this work season.

• Red Rock Mountain Bike Patrollers, who provided assistance and information to hundreds of trail users this past year.

Trail Work Volunteer Days

Stay tuned for a schedule of volunteer trail work days coming up, October through April - basic trail maintenance as well as special projects. E-mail sfaville@fs.fed.us to be on the list for receiving information regarding schedule.

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