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Return From The Burn

Mountain bike volunteers make the re-opening of popular trails possible

Last year's Beaver Creek Fire damaged some area trails in Idaho's Sun Valley region. The local IMBA chapter, the Wood River Bicycle Coalition, has been working hard to help the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management bring things back from the black. So far this spring, the group has organized about a half-dozen evening and weekend volunteer work outings. These early efforts have been concentrated in the Greenhorn drainage where a number of popular routes were burned.

Area businesses like CK's Real Food, Wise Guy Pizza, Sawtooth Brewery, and Club Ride have helped make the volunteer work sessions more fun by hosting post-event gatherings where delicious food and beverages are provided to the volunteers. Following a recent volunteer work night, the USFS District Ranger for the Ketchum Ranger District, Kurt Nelson, addressed the gathered workforce. "I just signed the order reopening portions of the Greenhorn drainage. Without the efforts of the bike coalition this wouldn't have been possible."

You can check out the Blaine County Recreation District web site for updates on what is open and what is closed in the area. Only a portion of Sun Valley's trails were impacted—still plenty of great riding to be had—so come visit Sun Valley this summer!

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