The VVMBA, alongside the USFS, has launched the Eagle County Adopt a Trail program, a way that local organizations can help maintain and monitor local trails.
Thank you to all of the Adopters! Please consider supporting these local organizations that are volunteering time to maintain soft surface trails in our community.
Adopt a Trail Donors
Thank you to all of our donors who took this program from idea to reality in under 2 months! Please consider supporting these local businesses and give thanks to the organizations and people listed if you bump into them on the trail.
Kate DeMorest, Adopt a Trail USFS Ranger: Not all who wander are lost, which has proved to be a recurring mantra for Kate. She spent her formative years living on an island in Lake Superior, attending a one-room schoolhouse, and biding her time sailing boats, climbing trees, and riding bikes. Kate’s love of water and the outdoors helped develop her career as a wilderness ranger with the US Forest Service in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. Too many mosquitoes and not enough mountains brought Kate to Colorado where her career in trails and wilderness continued with her working as a backcountry ranger on both the Eagle-Holy Cross and Dillon Ranger Districts. Kate was introduced to the Eagle Co. Adopt A Trail Program through her time volunteering with the Friends of the Eagle’s Nest Wilderness and she is excited to begin working with this program throughout its sophomore season! Come summer, biking, trail running, educating the recreating public, futile attempts at high altitude gardening, donuts, and anything having to do with crosscut saws makes Kate extremely happy. Kate currently resides with her polka-dotted dog Suvi, under the shadow of Mt. Royal in Frisco.
Michelle Wolffe, Adopt a Trail Coordinator, has been living in Eagle County for 19 years and calls this her dream job. She thrives on all the outdoor pleasures provided by living in Eagle County including hiking, mountain & road biking, skiing, snowboarding, skinning, and anything involving the trails. Outside of coordinating this program, she works as an X-ray and MRI technologist with Vail Summit Orthopaedics in Frisco, Edwards and Vail. She also covers imaging shifts at Health Images in Denver. She is proud to say that she was the first ever registered MRI technologist in the Vail Valley, but now she feels her biggest accomplishment was getting this program up and running last year. “We have come so far in such a short amount of time. It is thrilling to be a part of something so strongly supported in our community!” She became involved with VVMBA in 2012 when she saw them working on the trails at the West Avon Preserve. Michelle said, “I was so excited to see these amazing trails literally being created in my backyard, that I knew I had to get involved.” Since then, she had been an active board member focusing mostly on event planning, but stepped down last year so she could focus her attention on the Adopt-A-Trail program.
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