Outside Briefs, April 1, 2017
GJ Off-Road to have new singletrack section
This year’s Grand Junction Off-Road mountain bike race will be a little different.
Epic Rides announced that a new section of singletrack will be part of the 15-, 30- and 40-mile races, scheduled for May 19-21.
The fifth annual race will replace Andy’s Trail, Eagle’s Tail Trail and Pet E Kes trail, with a new singletrack route featuring Gunny Loop, Holy Bucket to Coyote Ridge, Ali Ali Loop to Ali Alley, Curt’s Lane and Curt’s down to lower Hop Skip and Jump and Noreaster.
In past years, many riders routinely mentioned Andy’s Loop, which comes near the end of the courses, as the most challenging and potentially dangerous part of the race.
In a news release, Epic Rides said the new routing will be safer for all participants.
“Andy’s Trail was a blast for riders during the first four years of the event, but replacing it with Gunny Loop and connecting to Noreaster is adding some of the community’s most prized trails to the event while greatly improving the riding experience for out-of-town guests on event weekend,” said Bill Cooper, Grand Junction Off-Road course manager.
Updated course maps for all three race distances are posted at epicrides.com under “Course Info.”
CPW has new plan for Rifle Gap Reservoir
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is implementing a new Lake Management Plan at Rifle Gap Reservoir.
Current efforts include stocking thousands of black crappie and targeting fertile walleye for removal during the spawning season.
The plan is available for viewing at http://cpw.state.co.us.
Part of the plan is the removal of fertile female walleye over the next three years, which will allow CPW the opportunity to replace them with sterile walleye. In addition, the plan allows for the stocking of species compatible with native fish recovery efforts, including black crappie, yellow perch and trout. Although not specifically targeted during this operation, plan stipulations include the removal of any smallmouth bass and northern pike inadvertently captured.
“Since 2015, we have released over 46,000 sterile walleye in addition to 12,000 black crappie fry and adults, into the reservoir. It’s been more than 40 years since CPW last stocked any walleye into Rifle Gap Reservoir,” said Lori Martin, senior aquatic biologist for CPW Northwest Region.
After years of research, Recovery Program officials have learned fertile populations of northern pike, smallmouth bass and walleye are significant impediments to the recovery of Western Colorado’s endangered native fishes, the Colorado pikeminnow, humpback chub, razorback sucker and bonytail.
For more information or questions regarding this project, contact CPW Area Aquatic Biologist Ben Felt, at 970-255-6126.
Migratory Bird Count event is May 13
The annual Migratory Bird Count will be conducted on May 13 at various locations on the Western Slope.
The Grand Valley Audubon Society is taking registration for the bird count. Go to http://www.audubongv.org or click on the link for a list of areas and contacts for the bird count.
The GVAS will join the international birding community in monitoring the activity of migratory birds as they journey to summer breeding grounds.
Newcomers are encouraged to participate.
Go to http://www.birdday.org to learn more about the International Migratory Bird Day.
Annual fishing licenses available
Colorado fishing licenses for 2017 are now available through Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Annual licenses are good from April 1 through March 30, 2018.
CPW provides a range of options for anglers from the annual fishing license to the one-day fishing license as well as educational opportunities for those new to angling.
Licenses can be purchased online at CPW’s secure license application portal or by phone at 1-800-244-5613.
For individuals ages 18 through 64, a $10 Habitat Stamp is required with the first license purchase for the year. State fishing regulations can be found at http://www.cpw.state.co.us.
COPMOBA open house is Thursday in Montrose
The Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA) will host an open house in Montrose to discuss a proposed multi-use, non-motorized trail system to be located west of Montrose.
The meeting will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Centennial Meeting Room adjacent to City Hall, 433 South First Street.
The Uncompahgre Singletrack Plan is a conceptual trail plan for approximately 27 miles of new singletrack located in the Bureau of Land Management Dry Creek Travel Management Planning area.
The area of development will expand on trails in the Buzzard Gulch, Spring Creek and Linscott Canyon areas.
COPMOBA received a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Non-Motorized Trail Planning Grant for development of the Uncompahgre Singletrack Plan.
The BLM will complete the necessary environmental assessment, including all necessary public scoping, and biological and cultural surveys. This open house is to gather feedback from the public and identify issues, concerns, or alternatives that should be addressed in the proposal.
Further information about the project, including the conceptual Uncompahgre Singletrack Plan, maps, and comment forms, are available online at http://www.copmoba.org/uncompahgre- chapter- 2017- cpwplanning- grant-info.
Written comments are due by May 8, 2017. Comments by mail can be sent to Project Manager, Sparrow Trails, Attn: Amy Sharp, P.O. Box 5027, Alamogordo, NM 88311, or electronically to sparrowtrails@ gmail.com.