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.
SRRTF President Kevin Adams and Vice President Dan Blaettler met with Representative Tom O'Halleran and Chip Davis, Deputy District Director for Representative O'Halleran to brief them on the SRRTF's activities. Rep. O'Halleran's congressional district, 1st Arizona, is larger than 36 States and he just finished a 14 day district tour. Representative O'Halleran serves on the House Agricultural Committee and he discussed upcoming committee actions that should have a positive impact with the Forest Service. Representative O'Halleran also committed to helping with any letters of support the SRRTF may need on grant opportunities.
he Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund (SRRTF) is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 Matching Awards Program (MAP) Grant from the National Forest Foundation (NFF). The grant will pay for new trail construction west of Sedona, a project called the Western Gateway Watershed and Trail Enhancement Project (Project). Specifically this Project will construct non-motorized multi-use trail, adopt user-created trails, reroute system trails and perform restoration actions in an area located just west of the Sedona city limits and north of State Route 89A, known as the Western Gateway.
Chartered by Congress, the NFF works to enhance our nation’s Forests and Grasslands. NFF’s MAP Grants provide funding for projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences. “The SRRTF brought together a broad spectrum of partners with this grant opportunity” said Jennifer Burns, SRRTF MAP Grant Project Manager. “In addition to the NFF, our Project partners include REI Co-op, the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition (VVCC), American Conservation Experience (ACE), and the Red Rock Ranger District (RRRD) of the Coconino National Forest” Burns added.
The Project will sponsor 12 volunteer trail workdays, starting this November and continuing through the Spring 2019. “REI is excited to support the trail workdays, provide some giveaways/refreshments, and help build broader community trail involvement” stated Justin Ingles REI Flagstaff Outdoor Programs & Outreach Coordinator.
~$41,000 in matching funds were raised by the VVCC, making the Project total ~$66,000. “When we put the call out for donations, mountain bikers from 18 States and as far away as Alberta, Canada responded” stated VVCC President Marty Glinsky. “Our fundraising success boosted the amount of work that will get done with this MAP Grant” added Glinsky.
The Project will also hire and train youth crews. “Two ACE youth crews will begin construction in January 2019” stated Forrest Saville RRRD OHV and Trails Coordinator. “The RRRD will be directing these two ACE crews that are staffed by 18-25 year olds who are considering land management as a career path” added Saville. “We are thrilled to be part of this Project” stated Jordan Rolfe, Director of ACE Southwest.
“Project construction is scheduled to take up to three years including the trailhead improvements” stated Adam Barnett, RRRD Recreation Program Manager. “Community support is essential to its completion.” added Barnett. Ultimately the Project, supported by the USFS and City of Sedona, will construct over 27 miles of non-motorized trail, accessible from the area previously known as the “cultural park”. According to the SRRTF’s President Kevin Adams, “We are now working on raising funds for the 2019-2020 Project season. Donations can be made online or through the mail to P.O. Box 4475 Sedona, AZ 86340.” A renovated trailhead is planned, but currently unfunded.
The Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund (SRRTF) Board of Directors elected Kevin Adams as the Fund’s new President. Kevin will replace Jennifer Burns who is stepping down after two years as President while continuing on the Board. Kevin is a retired Marine, Fortune 500 and Non-Profit executive who brings 40+ years of experience to the SRRTF and is currently the Treasurer of the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition.
“I am excited to raise funds for our great redrock trail system” said Kevin Adams. “I look forward to working with Jennifer, the SRRTF board and the community to support our trails and trail users.” Adams added.
“The SRRTF helps the US Forest Service to fund annual trail maintenance; and with local businesses and the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau to raise funds. In addition, the SRRTF applies for grant funds through other partners and government entities” stated Jennifer Burns, outgoing SRRTF President. “Kevin has the essential ingredients to be president: experience and knowledge to do the job and passion for our trail system” Burns added.
The SRRTF is a 501c3 not for profit organization whose mission is to raise funds to pay for trail maintenance and enhancement on National Forest lands near Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. These trails receive over 1.7 million trail uses annually, being some of the most popular trails in the national forest system. They require maintenance to keep them safe, enjoyable and environmentally compatible. Federal funds are not sufficient. It is the mission of the SRRTF to help close the funding gap. The SRRTF board of directors includes local hikers, cyclists, runners and equestrians who work with the Red Rock Ranger District to provide trail maintenance funding. Since inception, the Fund has donated over $300,000 for trail maintenance and enhancements. For information see www.redrocktrailfund.org
Over 1,000 mountain bikers from all over the United States and Canada descended on Sedona this past weekend to 'shred the red'. The Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund (SRRTF) was there raising $s to support the trails. Raffle prizes were donated by:
Hermosa Bike Tour
Over the Edge Sports
Sedona Real Inn
Sound Bites Grill
Pink Jeep Tours
Sedona Day Spa
Hike HoPoco Diablo
Diva Hillside Boutique
Bike & Bean bike rental
Shadow Rock Grille
Additionally, Giant Bicycles raffled two mountain bikes and donated the proceeds to the SRRTF.
The Festival raffle raised over $5,300 for trail maintenance!
Thank you Mike Raney, Giant Bicycles and all who attended the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival.
North Sedona Trail System Renovation and Enhancement. The Red Rock Ranger District identified the trail system running from Soldiers Pass Trailhead to Dry Creek Road as a high priority for reconstruction, renovation, and rehabilitation. The trail system includes the Teacup, Andante, Thunder Mountain, Chimney Rock, and Sugarloaf Trails which all contained highly eroded sections of trail on sandy and steep portions of the historic trail alignments. Major sustainable realignments were recently completed, including:
Total Trail Maintained - 6.9 miles
New Trail Constructed – 1.6 miles
Total Trail Naturalized – 1.5 miles
Rock Steps Installed – 65 steps
Rock Armoring Built- 250 feet
Signs Installed – 8
Volunteer Labor – 500 hours
View final report (Feb 2018)
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