This spring The Conservation Center is teaming up with local conservation organizations to offer a series of guided hikes to showcase public lands throughout Delta County.
"The hikes will provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about some of Delta County's most beautiful and unique places" says Sarah Sauter, hike organizer and director of The Conservation Center.
Locations of the scheduled hikes include the Adobe Badlands, Roubideau Canyon and Jumbo Mountain.
The hikes are all located with the BLM's Uncompahgre Field Office, which is expected to release a draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) for public comment this summer. "The RMP will guide BLM management actions for the next 20 years, so it is important that everyone participate in the public comment period in a meaningful and effective way," says Sauter. "The hikes will help people engage in the public participation process by providing an opportunity to get out on the ground, understand the resource issues and see the unique beauty of these places for themselves."
The hikes will be led by local conservation experts including representatives from The Conservation Center, Western Colorado Congress and The Wilderness Society. The experts will discuss multi-use management and a range of conservation issues associated with each area. Hikes will be three to five miles in length and have moderate difficulty. Hikes are free to the public.
The first hike is on Sunday, April 21, in the Adobe Badlands Wilderness Study Area northwest of Delta. A carpool will leave from the Delta City Market parking lot at 2 p.m. The Roubideau Canyon hike, southwest of Delta, is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, at 9 a.m. with a carpool from Delta City Market. The Jumbo Mountain hike is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 at 9 a.m. Carpool from Don's Market in Paonia.
Registration is appreciated but not required. For more details go to www.theconservation
center.org. Call Sauter at 527-5307 ext. 201 to RSVP or for more information.