Two new RMFI projects are helping to usher in autumn. Keep reading to learn more about what is in store for this month.
RMFI started trail improvement work at Mueller State Park in late September. This gem of a park is situated on the west side of Pikes Peak and is known for its rolling trails, abundant wildlife, and aspen groves. The RMFI Stewardship Crew is improving the Rock Canyon Trail (aka Trail #15) by constructing timber riser steps. We are spending 12 days on the project this month and there is an opportunity to volunteer on Saturday, October 5th.
The second new project is the construction of a multi-use trail at the Pineries Open Space in Black Forest, north of Colorado Springs. While RMFI has previously worked in the Pineries, we are excited to help El Paso County build trail in preparation for the anticipated opening of the Open Space in mid-November. Join us in mid-October to help build new trail.
Last month, RMFI returned to Shelf Road Recreation Area, a legacy project that was initiated by RMFI founder, Mark Hesse. Shelf Road is primarily visited by rock climbers who are lured by the endless limestone cliffs and mild climate. To celebrate National Public Lands Day in late September, RMFI partnered with the Bureau of Land Management to host volunteers on various stewardship projects. We improved the climbing access trails and belay platforms at the "New Gym" crag. We are thrilled to return to iconic Shelf Road and pay tribute to our climbing roots. Expect to hear more about this project in 2020.
RMFI has also been making sustainable recreation improvements at Guffey Gorge (aka Paradise Cove), in Park County. Guffey is well-known as a swimming hole, formed by a cascade of 4-Mile Creek. The cove is surrounded by towering granite cliffs and it offers a cool place to beat the heat on a summer day. RMFI is working closely with the BLM to limit impacts to the area through Leave No Trace outreach and trail improvements.
In other news, you may have noticed that RMFI is hiring for a Program Manager. We are sad to see Jay Minton leave his role at RMFI, but we are happy for him to spend more time with his family in the midwest. We wish Jay the best of luck.
More cowbell next month!