Manitou Cats

 Manitou Springs Trail Cats 2016 Schedule Is Finally Set!   Work day

This year we will be working with Manitou Springs, El Paso County  and Colorado Springs.  Hopefully our special project this year will be building a beautiful new trail re-route for the bottom part of the Red Mountain Trail.  Instead of the six foot deep gully we presently use, we will create a sustainable 10% grade trail through shady pine trees and green forest.  As usual we will be maintaining the Intemann Trail (including the Iron Mountain Trail) and the Ute Indian Trail.  This year once again we will be installing rock and wood steps as we rebuild a trail in the Bear Creek Nature Center.  For those of you, who are feeling playful,  Shanti is creating a piece of experiential art based on your boots (more to follow later).

 

How  You  Can Participate In Our Volunteer Trail DaysIMG_0002

We are planning our workdays for 2016.  We will be supporting  projects suggested by Manitou’s Open Space Advisory Committee [OSAC], Friends of Red Rock Canyon,  El Paso County  and the Manitou Springs Collaborative. Generally our workdays will be the second Sunday of the month.  Workdays will start in May.  We will meet at 7:55 AM at the Manitou Free Parking Lot at  10 Old Man’s Trail.  We will car pool from there to the project site and work until about 1:00 PM.  Then it is off to a local tavern for a friendly beer or beverage of your choice. Presently the date for 2016  are  May 8,  June  12 (Meet at Bear Creek Nature Center) ,  July  10,  August  14  ,  September  11 ,  October  9. We have plenty of tools and trained crew leaders to help you learn the craft of mountain trail building.  There are may jobs on a workday so you can always find work that is more or less strenuous.   We need you to register for the workdays so we know how many tools and crew leaders to bring.  However, you may also just show up on the day.

PS:  Remember to bring: gloves, working shoes, liter of water, sun screen, clothing layers and whatever you need for a day outdoors in Colorado.

See dates and volunteer registration links to the right.

Master Plan For Trails, Open Space and Parks (Come Thursday April 28
{6:00 pm} to a Community Workshop at City Hall)

Multiracial Hands Surrounding the Earth GlobeManitou Springs and the POST Master Plan Consultant,  GreenPlay, is presenting their proposed master plan for public feed back.  This is a really important meeting because it is the public’s first (and perhaps only) opportunity to give specific suggestions on trails they may have left out  or routed incorrectly.   This is our best change of helping the POST Master plan to better and more useful  for  guiding future trail development and maintenance.  Of course this plan is also for park planning and environmental stewardship for years to come.  You can play a significant role by giving your feedback and encouraging trail user groups to be actively involved in conceptual proofreading of this document before it goes to City council for adoption.  We will be protecting our natural wild places  and outdoor parks for generations to come.

Who is (What is) Manitou Springs Trail Cats 

Starting in 2014 we Manitoids (residents and lovers of Manitou)  are  taking responsibility for developing and maintaining the trails and open spaces we all use. We need to give back to this wonderful land and nature.  It is up to our community to protect and sustain the beauty around us for future generations. So we have created MANITOU SPRINGS TRAIL CATS  (Collection of Addicted  Trail-builderS  or  Manitou CATS for short) to develop a pool of  people who are willing to help.  Basically we are a friends group for Manitou (or close to Manitou) trails and public land.  We are focused on creating enjoyable, safe and worthwhile outdoor stewardship projects for volunteers.

 Collaboration Of Volunteer And Mechanical ConstructionIMG_0951

Manitou Cats works on trails which are close to our urban centers and our homes.  Many 100s of thousands of runners, bikers, hikers and wanderer use our open spaces every years.  The trails we build and maintain must be strong to support such over use, but we love that city folk and kids get out into nature and the outdoors.  It is one of the most important ways to keep our society mentally and physically healthy.  Trails are also the best  way to protect our natural environment.  By keeping people on beautiful paths instead of walking everywhere,  wild animals and fragile plant life can be protected.  Our natural habitat can be preserved.

Often it is better to build strong wide trails by machines rather than volunteer labor.  They build stronger trails in less time but they are expensive.  Volunteer hand built trails  are less expensive but there is only limited volunteers available.  Volunteers can go in to fix trails and habitat that can not be reached by trail machines, without destroying the plant life close to the trails.  Volunteers can also do the finish work on mechanically built trails.   Without volunteers, our government land owners can not adequate steward the land in our open spaces.    So Keeping our trails in good shape is a collaboration between the volunteers,  the mechanical trail-builders,  and the tax payers who pay for it all. Read More>>


 Contact us at: manitoucats@gmail.com   or  719-321-5354

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