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2020 Trail Crew Accomplishments
June 1st Villager Western Gateway
Trail Keepers Donation
Fundraising at the Festival
Adidas 5.10 Trail Donation
FTI Looks to the SRRTF for Inspiration
Courthouse Trail Update
"Small Projects" Transept
RRRD Fields Record Sized Trail Crew
SRRTF Champions "Small Projects" Project
It's a Wrap! 2018-2019 Trail Work Season Wraps
2019 Bike Festival Winners
Over $22,600 Raised for Sedona Trails at MTB Festival
Sedona Westerners Fundraiser a Huge Success
Tourism $$$ Put to Action
$21,000 in Prizes to be Awarded at Sedona MTB Festival
Over 60 Volunteers at 1st 2019 Trail Work Day
American Conservation Experience Begins Western Gateway Construction Effort
Scott McFeely Joins SRRTF Board
Fall 2018 Equestrian Fundraiser
Sedona Chamber Mixer at Courtyard Marriott Sedona Benefits SRRTF
Western Gateway Trail Work Days
Hilton Open House Benefits SRRTF
Stephanie Giesbrecht Joins SRRTF Board
Community Collaboration Builds New Trails
Trail Work Accomplishments for the 2017/2018 Season
2018-2019 Trail Care Seasonal Crew
SRRTF Meets with Representative O'Halleran
SRRTF Awarded Trail Construction Grant
SRRTF Elects New President
SRRTF Sedona MTB Festival Raffle a Big Hit
Special Projects Finished Near Sedona and Village of Oak Creek
This morning, two four-person youth crews from the American Conservation Experience (ACE) began eight weeks of construction efforts on the Western Gateway. The ACE effort is funded by a National Forest Foundation (NFF) matching award grant awarded to the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund and mountain biker contributions from all over the Verde Valley, State of Arizona and United States that helped the Verde Valley Cyclist Coaition raise the required NFF grant match. The ACE crews are working on the Girdner re-route along with several new miles of trail added to the system should be completed in time for the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival that begins on March 1, 2019.
The Board of Directors of the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund recently voted Scott McFeely as a Director. Scott's term expires in September 2019.
Scott is a 15 year resident of Sedona, having relocated here from Nevada in 2003 with his wife Margery. He holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from CSPU at Pomona, Calif., and has worked for several international engineering/ construction companies as a specialist in synthetic fuels production since 1974. He retired in 2013, after serving terms as Group Manager for Jacobs Engineering in Long Beach, Calif. and Program Manager for Fluor in Anchorage, Alaska.
Scott divides his retirement time in Sedona between Verde Search and Rescue (VSAR), as a volunteer ground searcher, the Sedona Westerners hiking club as Wagonboss (VP) and has just recently been accepted into the Preventative Search and Rescue (PSAR) volunteer program in the Grand Canyon. Through the Westerners, Scott is familiar with most of the trails in and around Sedona and commonly leads hiker groups. He has also participated in a number of hiker rescue events in the Sedona area.
On December 8th & 9th Horse Mesa Ranch held a saddle fitting class. SRRTF Event Committee members Shelley Woellmer and Bonnie Miller attended this event and spread the word to help support the red rock trails by donating to SRRTF. With help from Joan Bouck reaching out to the equestrians unable to attend the event, the women were able to raise $2,300 from our local equestrian community.
The SRRTF would like to thank each of the following persons for generously supporting our red rock trails:
Mary Morris & Scott Kummerfeldt, Egon Hagemann, Chris & Sharon Hauge, Joan Bouck, Denise Jurgensen, Tanja Gunsberger, Bee Gordon, Art Bertolina, Shelley & Ralph Woellmer, Bonnie Miller, Betsy Lavine, Sue Dolin, Trish Dees, Brandy Miller, Barb Apple, Sue Dyer, Brenda Garrett, Diana Hagemenn-Milenkovitch, Marilyn Paul, Laurie Kunert, Kelsey Woellmer, Regina Dehr, Marilyn Sanders, Mary Schroeder, Mary J Wallen, Catey Maxey, Xandy Lifson, and Harriet Jack
Photo Courtesy of Sedona Courtyard by Marriott
The Courtyard by Marriott in Sedona hosted the Annual Sedona Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer on December 6, 2018. This year event added a philanthropic element to the event by supporting the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund. Through its version of the infamous Wheel of Fortune Game, guests purchased ‘spins’ for $10 each at chance to win a great prize! Partners have kindly donated restaurant certificates, spa certificates and a variety of gift prizes! All proceeds from this activity go directly to the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund (SRRTF). In addition, there will be a holiday photo set where guests pay to have a professional photo taken and those proceeds will also go to the SRRTF.
The event raised close to $600 for the SRRTF. Thank you Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau and Cheryl Barron and Christine McCabe or the Sedona Courtyard by Marriott!
All workdays will be based out of the Girdner/Cultural Park Trailhead. Directions: From the intersection of Routes 89A and 179, take 89A west 4.2 miles to Cultural Park Place (Courtyard Marriott is on your left at the traffic light). Turn right onto Cultural Park Place to the picnic ramadas and interpretive displays on the right.
What to bring:
Sturdy closed toe shoes
Long pants and work gloves
Sunscreen, water and snacks
Bike helmet or hard hat (the latter will be provided by the Forest Service)
All workdays are co-sponsored by the SRRTF & REI.
Workdays start at 8:30 AM and run to 12:30 PM
Here's the remaining schedule. REI will be at each workday with prize giveaways. SRRTF brings pizza and cookies for the après. And, rumor has it that Lagunitas Brewery's finest makes an appearance after each workday.
Last evening, approximately 250 celebrated the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock's 20th anniversary event. The event was an open-house "celebrating 20 years of light, warmth and hospitality."
SRRTF Board Member Paul Sullivan ran the SRRTF table at the lobby. Paul greeted every person in attendance who was waiting in line for the scavenger hunt and collected donations benefiting the SRRTF. While most donors placed cash in the collection cairn, the following individuals brought checks or charged their donation:
Richard and Marilyn Paul
George and Pat Witteman
Spectrum Management Associates
Len And Olga Ostrom
In total, over $1,100 was raised last night. A huge thank you to the Sedona Hilton for inviting the SRRTF to participate and benefit.
The Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund (SRRTF) Board of Directors recently elected Stephanie Giesbrecht to its board of directors. Stephanie brings extensive local non-profit experience to the SRRTF board. Stephanie current serves as the Chair of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors having worked into that position via succession chain of Director, Secretary and Vice-Chair. Her other non-profit activities included directorships on the Rotary of Sedona Red Rocks and Sedona Airport Authority and as an advisor on the affiliate board of the Arizona Community Foundation. For the full press release, click here.
After several years of planning and fund raising, nearly 30 miles of new trail are on deck for construction thanks to collaboration of local and national partners. The Western Gateway trail project will add to the Red Rock non-motorized trail system, open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.
Western Gateway trails will be accessed from the Girdner Trailhead on Cultural Park Place north of the High School. These trails will offer loops and connectors of all challenge levels, set within the naturally diverse Dry Creek drainage. The trails offer shady riparian forest, stunning views of the Red Rock Wilderness and southern vistas to Jerome and Mingus Mountain. Part of the project is the substantially rerouted Girdner Trail, away from the flood prone stream-side. Trails will also be accessible from the Aerie Trailhead.
Ground broke today with the first of a series of twelve volunteer work days sponsored by the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund (SRRTF) and REI.
SRRTF contracted for 12 weeks of youth crew work by the Flagstaff based American Conservation Experience (ACE) beginning January 9, 2019. To be efficient, ACE crews are allowed by Forest Service (FS) to camp at the Girdner Trailhead. FS trail supervisor Forrest Saville stated that he is “committed to training and supervision of the contracted and volunteer trail crews to meet FS sustainable trail construction standards.”
Funding for Phase I of this project - over $100,000 - comes from many sources: a $40,800 grant from the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition, $25,000 grant from the National Forest Foundation; $5,000 grant from the Singletrack Futures Foundation, REI support for trail volunteer days and many individual donations. Kevin Adams, president of SRRTF, stated “have raised the funds for Phase I and have begun fundraising for Phase II's construction effort which begins in Fall 2019. We have secured Phase II Funding from The City of Sedona, Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, and Enchantment Resort, however more funds will be needed to complete the entire ~30 mile system by 2021."
Planning for the Western Gateway Project began nearly 5 years ago as a response to growing trail use and a need to shift use from more crowded areas. Recent City of Sedona “community focus area” planning confirmed the use of the Girdner Trailhead location as an important and well used public space. There is strong recognition of the importance of our local trails as a main venue for forest access, their contribution to a healthy lifestyle and to our local tourism economy.
SRRTF continues to work with all interested partners to complete the project. Total project costs are estimated at over $300,000 excluding trailhead improvements. SRRTF project leader Jennifer Burns emphasized how important donations from local trail users are to the success of our local trail construction projects and annual maintenance. For more information on the Western Gateway Project and to donate to help fund the project, please go to www.redrocktrailfund.org.
The Red Rock Ranger District has hired the largest seasonal trail crew in its history this year. Six men and one woman make of this year's crew. Adam Barnett reports that five of the crew are primarily funded by the SRRTF.