San Juan Trail Riders - December 2020 - Year End Message
San Juan Trail Riders December 2020 Year End Message
Unquestionably 2020 has been a challenging year...
Well, here we are nearing the end of a very challenging year for all of us in many, many ways due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We thought it to be highly important however that we make contact with our members and help catch you up with the many things that have happened for the organization and you even during these difficult times.
Hard working Volunteers clear the way
As shown in the picture above you can see that important trail work continued throughout the riding season that helped provide our members and others with as much recreation opportunity as possible. This was all completed while following guidelines set forth by the CDC and U.S. Forest Service during the pandemic.
The challenging work of your SJTR Leadership Team continued over the summer by staying engaged in multiple Environmental Assessments (EA) processes that have the potential of providing even more multi-use motorized single-track routes in different areas if these EA’s are approved. Those include the Rico Trails EA, the Chicken Creek EA and the Silverton BLM TMP EA.
Strong Supporters make everything possible
So many other groups added support to what work was accomplished this year and we want to make sure they are recognized. Colorado Trails Preservation Alliance (TPA), Colorado 1000, Colorado 500, Public Access Preservation Association (PAPA), Timberline Trail Riders and multiple financial donors kept the ball rolling in support of multi-use motorized recreation. We cannot thank them enough as this allows us to project many good things to come in 2021.
Room for improvement
To the Colorado 1000 riders led by Steve Lorenze we sent a saw crew up Priest Gulch and down Calico South right before your ride. We apologize that we did not have the Loading Pen Trail in good shape when they came to ride this year and they had to battle tremendous downfall on the upper part of the trail. We discovered the situation too late in the season but did get it cleared by the end of season so that it will be ready for next year.
We know that several members have become frustrated after receiving an invalid renewal notices. We tried much earlier to get a fix for this system problem but as the pandemic arrived efforts to make changes with our IT provider stalled. Now with new assistance in place we hope to have this problem corrected very soon. In the meantime if you receive an invalid renewal reminder please forward it on to Deric Hook, Membership Coordinator for him to resolve.
Passing of the torch
Heather Hormell has served as Board Chairperson of SJTR's for the last four years. She's brought a fresh perspective and tremendous amount of energy to the board that has helped move SJTR's forward. We would like to share our appreciation for everything she's done during her tenure as Board Chairperson.
Dustin Wilkinson has reached the term limits for serving as Chairperson of the Colorado OHV Subcommittee and the OHV Representative on the State Trails Program after serving for eight years. Heather will be taking over both of these roles at the State level and has resigned her position as Chairperson of SJTR's
Dustin has done a tremendous job in his roles on the Colorado OHV Subcommittee and the State Trails Program which we would like to share our appreciation for his dedication and hard work. He will remain the Treasurer of SJTR's.
Enthusiasm for the future
Over the year our membership has grown. Many new members have pitched in immediately for trail and project work. It has been exciting to see this amount of energetic engagement especially by the new younger enthusiasts.
We look forward to a fun filled 2021 riding season, potential club organized rides and important trail work days as the pandemic restrictions start to change.
We again thank you for your continued support and please know full well that your SJTR Leadership Team remains fully engaged in support of your trail riding opportunities across public lands.
Regards and Best Wishes – San Juan Trail Riders Board of Directors
To stay informed on the projects that SJTR's is involved with and working on for you, be sure to visit our website www.sanjuantrailriders.com.