Seventeen volunteers representing the Quiet Use Coalition, Friends of Browns Canyon, Friends of Fourmile, the Sierra Club and local residents participated in a National Public Lands Day work project Saturday, Sept. 8, at Browns Canyon National Monument.
Ben Lara and Ryan Dull of the U.S. Forest Service led the work effort. Joe Viera and Cora Wisenhunt with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management also participated in the event, which involved two projects:
• Installing a sign and log fencing at the northeast corner of the national monument.
• Installing wildlife-friendly wire fencing along with a “step-over” for horses in order to deter unauthorized motorized access on Forest Service Trail 1435.
The national monument sign and log “worm” fence establish a pull-off that could eventually become an information kiosk at the intersection of Forest Service roads 185 and 185D.
Volunteers set the new sign in concrete, laid out the log fence sections and built the fence using battery-powered drills and timber screws.
The wire fencing project required volunteers to carry tools and materials 1.7 miles along Trail 1435 through stands of old-leafed aspen trees to an intersection with a permitted-use horse trail.
Volunteers dug post holes by hand using shovels, hand spades and rock bars. The combination of wire fencing, step-over for the Forest Service-permitted horse trail and signage are located to discourage unauthorized motorized access and natural resource damage in the national monument.
Work day participants enjoyed lunch from Sweetie’s paid for by the Sierra Club.