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 Author: crow
PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:07 pm 

Its now official, no more speculation, the winners of the Michelob ULTRA Superior Trails grants were announced and Gila Community News received our email at 11:53 am but the most informative notice was posted on the voting website as follows:


Thank you to everyone who voted to help create Superior Trails. Michelob ULTRA and the American Hiking Society are proud to announce and award the Ice Age Trail Alliance and Continental Divide National Scenic Trail each with a $25,000 grant.

The Ice Age Trail Alliance will use the grant to help upgrade over 8 miles of passageways with new signage, drainage systems, and reinforced bridges. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail will use its grant to create a new “Trail Adopters” training program that helps educate new Adopters on the Gila and Carson National Forests.

We’re excited to see how these projects make the trails superior!"

 Author: bdlb
PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 6:20 am 
And congratulations/thanks to the community for showing wonderful cohesion and spirit in supporting this effort.

 Author: sh1
PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 9:16 am 
People all across the county, and indeed the state, pulled together and won this grant for the CDT. Many thanks to everyone (including especially John Crow) who passed the message along to friends, colleagues, and family, and to all who voted, and voted, and voted. The Daily Press, the Grant County Beat, and the Sun-News all went out of their way to keep the issue on the front burner. The Trails Group, the Health Council, the Silver City Neighborhood Alliance, the Green Chamber of Commerce, the traditional Chamber of Commerce, and untold numbers of other organizations and individuals sent out multiple reminders to their email lists or otherwise disseminated the news. I apologize for anyone I've left out; the point is, just about everybody pitched in on this. Shows what our little community can accomplish when we put our minds to it.

The Greenways/CDT Linkage Project will have its next public meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 3:30pm (room to be determined--watch this space). Everyone's invited to come celebrate the victory and hear from Teresa Martinez of the CDT Coalition and others on how they're planning to spend the money -- and get in your two cents on what the best uses might be. There'll be other topics of interest as well -- restoration of the San Vicente Trailhead, a Little Walnut Rd. bike path proposal, updates on the Gila NF, etc. Y'all come.

Shelby Hallmark

 Author: eric casler
PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 5:50 am 
Could someone please explain what the Greenways/CDT group is, and specifically, what the scope of their work is? I can infer that local trails are included as well as the CDT, but it might be nice (for myself and other residents) to understand what the group is and where its efforts are focussed/applied.

 Author: sh1
PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 12:35 pm 
Eric -- the Greenways/CDT Linkage Project is the group that coalesced around a Park Service grant a couple years ago aimed at working on, well, building out the Greenways and the CDT, and linkages between them. Maybe you've been to a couple of our meetings. We had a long struggle trying to figure out what our name should be, and finally just settled on the above. We are just a group of local residents who try to gather the various interested parties periodically to compare notes, share enthusiasms, and hopefully catalyze real progress in getting trails built in our area. We were lucky enough to find out about the CDT Gateway Community opportunity and help make that happen last year, and we will continue to coordinate with the CDT Coalition to support the CDT and the thru-hike kick-off celebration each year in April. Who knows what other good things may be possible if we keep gathering. We have no money (the CDT Coalition is the recipient of the Michelob/AMS grant cash, by the way) or legal authority, but we hope to provide ideas, enthusiasm, volunteer efforts, and public support to those entities that do (or might, at some point). Although developing, advertising, maintaining, and exploiting the trails in our area should be a no-brainer, there are plenty of obstacles, and we try find ways to overcome same. We meet roughly quarterly, Nov. 18 being the next session, and of course everyone is invited.

Thanks for asking. Shelby

 Author: bdlb
PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:44 am 
Nice write up in the NYT that can be read here:
http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/1 ... rail/?_r=0

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