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Volunteers Outfox Dangerous Trail

BUFFALO CANYON TRAIL —  Partnership is everything; and like the fox and the hound, government agencies and the public can often appear divided. However, when it comes to motorized trails, the goal is mutual in keeping trails open, represented and well maintained.

Nothing brings people together like a service project and a day of meaningful trail work.

Located within the Heber-Kamas Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, the Buffalo Canyon Trail had recently gotten what we would call the “don’t-look-down effect” due to hazardous erosion.

Some sections of the trail even had rebar sticking up out of the ground. The creek below was also threatened due to debris falling from the hillside.

Volunteers from the Sage Riders MC and the Desert Foxes MC joined with staff from the OHV Program and U.S. Forest Service to mend the trail.

Volunteers also utilized hand tools to pull out the protruding rebar and swung pick-axes to improve the more needy trail-segments.

Exchanging handlebars for pickaxes and tires for boots – these volunteers demonstrated loyalty to the sport, passion for recreation, and creativity in building trails that make for a safe and enjoyable experience. Not only are they committed to desert racing, they are also just as dedicated to giving back to their community.

The Utah State Parks OHV Program would like to extend a special thank-you to Brett Jeppesen and the hard working trail crew from the Heber-Kamas Ranger District. We would also like to thank the volunteers from the Sage Riders and Desert Foxes motorcycle clubs, and others who assisted.

This volunteer opportunity was made possible through funding and partnership with the Utah BLM, U.S. Forest Service, and Division of Parks and Recreation OHV Program.

Curious about upcoming volunteer projects or want to learn more? Contact the OHV Program for more information by emailing ohveducation@utah.gov.

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