A $100,000 grant from the Lennox Foundation will support long-term maintenance of non-motorized trails in Routt and Moffat counties. The grant was recently awarded to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation which manages the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund (TMEF). The grant goes directly to the fund, which provides a permanent revenue stream for the upkeep and improvement of trails used by hikers, bikers, equestrians and other non-motorized users on public lands in our region.
This is the third year of a 10-year fundraising campaign to grow the endowment to $1.5 million. The Lennox grant boosts the total balance of the TMEF to $339,335. Revenue from the grant will generate an additional $4,500 for the 2018 grant cycle.
Trail maintenance grant applications are requested and received annually in September. Grants are awarded by a board of four land managers, one representative from the Steamboat Springs Chamber Association and two community members at large. The U.S. Forest Service and volunteer organizations Friends of Wilderness and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps will begin work this summer on projects funded by the TMEF in the 2017 grant cycle, including the Uranium Mine Project near Fish Creek Falls and the Wyoming Trail near Summit Lake in Mount Zirkel Wilderness.
“The Lennox Foundation grant validates the TMEF’s place in making non-motorized recreation sustainable in Routt and Moffat counties. But we still have a lot of work to do,” said Helen Beall, Marketing Manager at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. “We hope this grant encourages all residents and visitors who value our trails to contribute so we can reach our fundraising goal by 2026.”
For more information about the TMEF or to make a donation, visit yvcf.org/trails. Events and additional opportunities to donate will be announced in the following months.
The Yampa Valley Community Foundation provides leadership in raising funds, in partnership with community members, to support innovative programs benefiting the Yampa Valley community. For more information visit yvcf.org.