Tooele County trails are up for adoption.
With spring approaching fast, Dave Brown, Tooele County trails and canyons coordinator, is looking for volunteers to help maintain 200 miles of trails that are part of the Tooele County trail system.
“This has nothing to do with the county’s budget crisis,” he said. “Several years ago, the county started the adopt-a-trail program that allows people and groups to volunteer to take care of our trails.”
Adopt-a-Trail volunteers make a one-year commitment that includes conducting an initial survey of the trail and its condition.
Volunteers remove downed trees and brush that encroach on the trail, repair erosion damage, and remove traces of human impact from the trail’s area. They also help maintain the trailhead, pick up trash, and report vandalism or other concerns.
So far Brown has three organizations ready to volunteer this year. The Back Country Horsemen have volunteered to adopt Left Hand Fork Trail in Settlement Canyon; the Grantsville High School Future Farmers of America will take care of the Silverado Trail in Ophir; and the Northern Utah ATV Association will maintain the Jacob City Trail outside of Stockton.
“A lot of the groups that volunteer to take care of the trails are groups that use the trails,” said Brown. “They pick up trash and take care of the trail while they’re out on the trail.”
However, Brown noted that one year he had a family from Grantsville volunteer to take care of a portion of a trail to teach their children the value of service.
Trail adopters receive a certificate of adoption from the county, and an adoption sign will be placed at the start of the trail, according to the Tooele County Adopt-A-Trail program handbook.
The county’s trail system has 200 miles of maintained trails that have been inventoried, GPS waypoints determined, and trail signage installed.
The trails comb through the west side of the Oquirrh Mountains, traverse Tooele and Rush Valley floors, and include a loop around South Mountain. The road that voyages out to Stansbury Island and terminates at the Stansbury Island Interpretive Trail is also part of the county trail system.
Tooele County has 16 developed trail heads with two more under way. New trailheads are planned this year for Bates Canyon and Hickman Canyon. Each trailhead has a parking lot and an interpretive kiosk that displays trail maps and historical information about the trail.
Trail improvements and trailheads have been completed with funds provided by grants, according to Brown.
For more information on the Tooele County trails, including a map, go to www.tooelecountytrails.org. To volunteer to adopt a trail, call the Tooele County Parks and Recreation Department at 435-843-4020.