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    JeffCo Trail Building Signup

    This was sent to me via another group, just passing it along

    Trail Building - Jefferson County, Colorado

    Thank you for your interest in helping us reclaim/rebuild our trails and clean up after the flooding. Staff is working to assess our entire trail system for damage. Next, we’ll determine an approach to return our system to normal as much as possible before winter is upon us. Reclamation will likely continue into Spring 2014.

    Please fill out the form (in link above) so that we can let you know of upcoming projects. We appreciate your interest and support of Jeffco Open Space and your willingness to help by volunteering your time.

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    As am I, thanks for the heads up!
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    Thanks for posting - signed up.

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    Signed up and sent a message out to my meetup group about volunteering. Hopefully we'll be bringing a lot of people once the first event is scheduled.
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    Thanks for the heads up on this.
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    JeffCo Trail Building Signup

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    All we do is submit the form? Are any trail days scheduled thus far that we sign up for individually (per the instructions on the page)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xjrides View Post
    All we do is submit the form? Are any trail days scheduled thus far that we sign up for individually (per the instructions on the page)?
    You're basically signing up for a mailing list. They should email you when a trail day is scheduled.
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    signed up as well

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    Just a heads up...MiniCrew will be at Matthew Winters doing trail work Thursday Sept. 19 @ 5:30pm. Please come join...

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    Quote Originally Posted by slow View Post
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    It's great to see so many people wanting to help, but I'd temper any expectations you might have on how fast things are likely to go. I'm not sure about the specifics of JeffCo but if they're like a lot of land managers, they only have so many people to do the planning, logistics, crew leading, etc. Having too many volunteers isn't a bad problem to have, but it's still a problem in the sense that you have to have a plan on what you want to accomplish and how you're going to do it, then organize and supervise all those folks to keep things from turning into a cluster. All that takes time.

    So add a good dose of patience to your enthusiasm 'cause it might be a while before things start to get really rolling and even then, it's going to be a matter of priorities. I'd like to be wrong and maybe I will be, but it could be several years before things are back to "normal" and keeping that enthusiasm over such a time period can be hard.

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    if you filled out the form, you got your invite for first day, which is Lair tomorrow 1-4pm. Go though the appropriate channels, don't just show up.
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    Wow. Less than a 24 hour notice. I'm sure that won't affect their turnout or anything.

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    Each week, we will notify you of new projects.

    Because of the historic damage from the storms, flood recovery projects will continue into 2014. If you cannot make any of the events this year, we look forward to seeing you at projects next year, including large-group Trail Day events.
    You being a negative nancy doesn't help our trails get fixed either. I got the email this morning. I just thought of posting it now, so yeah, a days notice. There were also other sign ups besides tomorrow.

    But since you are just going off of what I said in my post, I take it that you didn't sign up or you would have known that. I am sure they are doing the best they can do with the large scale damage that they are dealing with. So like your mother always told you, "say something nice or don't say anything at all". When you get done pouting, cause you know I'm right, go do something positive instead of pounding your keyboard at me.
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    No. I signed up. I received the email from Ms. Johns, and I'm excited to help rebuild. And you're wrong, there's only 2 events noted in the eventbrite page, and both are for tomorrow.

    My only point was that they might have greater turnout if you give people a chance to arrange their schedules ahead of time so they can plan ahead. Sheesh. Climb off your high horse, ok?

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    exit question... if a whole bunch of mtn bikers show up to build trail and are then asked to "install" a switchback complete w/ a log water bar, do we instead build a properly radiused turn complete with an in sloped tread and proper drainage?

    just curious...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilburKookmeyer View Post
    exit question... if a whole bunch of mtn bikers show up to build trail and are then asked to "install" a switchback complete w/ a log water bar, do we instead build a properly radiused turn complete with an in sloped tread and proper drainage?
    Maybe they'll have another trailbuilding day to set it back the way they want it, except only the hikers and equestrians will show up.
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    Trail repair at 1-4pm on a weekday? Is that an attempt on Jeffco's part to keep down the turnout?
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    I emailed my concerns to Ms. Johns regarding the short notice and weekday scheduling of volunteer days. She sent back an extremely courteous, thoughtful, and measured response. Keeping in mind that land managers are swamped (pun intended) with the task of assessing damages, identifying priorities, considering potential trail re-routes, and putting all of this together to ALSO work with volunteers it makes some sense. Plus, I'd guess a lot of the JeffCo staff has M-F work hours just like the rest of us, so that's when they'll be working on the trails. At any rate, I also asked if there would be volunteer days to work on Apex, or if the damage there is so bad it wouldn't make sense to bring in volunteers. I'll let you know what I hear back.

    Hi,

    Thanks for your response. We do completely understand that not everyone will be able to work on volunteer projects during week days and – as a result – our Trails and Park Services crews are working to hold some volunteer projects on a weekend in the near future. Those projects would be listed on the opportunities emails that we send out as well.

    I do apologize for the late notice on projects that were posted today. As you can imagine, our crews have been working nonstop to assess and plan for repairs in many of our parks. Since we’ve had such an overwhelming outpouring of support for helping with the repairs and clean up of trails and parks, our reasoning was to start working with volunteers as quickly as possible to allow for folks to get involved. So, as soon as the first couple of projects were identified, we put out the call to allow for people to get started, instead of putting them off until next week.

    However, we also understand that not everyone has the luxury of jumping into a project with less than 24 hours notice (or on a weekday). As we continue forward, we will allow for that and give as much notice as we can so people can plan to join us. In the mean time, we appreciate your patience as we iron out the kinks of mobilizing staff and resources to support working with volunteers.

    As I said, we’ll try to minimize the number of times we email the list, attempting to keep it to once weekly with added projects or upcoming opportunities that allow for more lead notice. In addition, our Communications team is working on adding a “project” button to our website that will allow you to just check back in with our website to see opportunities as they are added.

    Thanks again for your feedback, and I hope we can work with you on a project soon.

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    I guess we need to impress upon JeffCo the collective pent up energy the stymied mountain bikers here have to get the trails open. There is no better time to try to involve as many of us in this endeavor than now.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    I guess we need to impress upon JeffCo the collective pent up energy the stymied mountain bikers here have to get the trails open. There is no better time to try to involve as many of us in this endeavor than now.
    I think they get it:

    "Since we’ve had such an overwhelming outpouring of support for helping with the repairs and clean up of trails and parks..."
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    Can anyone report on what was accomplished today? Thanks...
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    There were two groups... ours picked up some trash, repaired a ~50' section of BBQ/picnic path off of the main Bear Creek trail (cleaned up the bed, underlayment, filled) a little bit west of main lot, and seeded a larger area that they wanted to close off. The other group filled ruts and cleaned up an area a bit east of the lot.

    No singletrack work was done, but they went over plans (trail rerouting, bridge repair, etc.) and explained all of the issues. The guy we were working with was responsible for the new rock setup over on the Coors climb at NTM. He mentioned that letting the parks department know that this type of trail is appreciated might make more of that kind of stuff (catered a bit more towards bikers) possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelfunman View Post
    Can anyone report on what was accomplished today? Thanks...
    I helped out at 3 sisters/alderfer yesterday. We repaired quite a few trail ruts right around the parking lot. The cool part was everyone who showed up were mountain bikers. Only 6 of us, but it was enough to get what the trail crew leader wanted to accomplish.

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