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Backcountry Enthusiasts Recruit Members for New Social Group


The first inaugural meeting of the Montezuma Backcountry Group is scheduled to take place at 6:00 PM at WildEdge Brewing on Wednesday, January 25. Park officials at Canyons of the Ancients are asking people to stay off trails until they dry out. The Mancos Conservation District is fostering public ideas for a healthy watershed during an upcoming three day watershed workshop. By Connor Shreve This story is sponsored by Big-O Tires and Southwest Health System

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Backcountry enthusiasts assemble, but officials are asking you to wait to hit the trails until they're dry. And the Mancos Conservation District wants to hear ideas for the future of a healthy watershed. You're watching the Local News Roundup, brought to you by Big O Tires and Southwest Health System. I'm Connor Shreve. The call is out for backcountry enthusiasts to join the Montezuma Backcountry Group. The group's inaugural meetup is planned for Wednesday, January 25th, in the new barrel room at Wildedge Brewing Collective, starting at 6:00 PM. The group is a social collection of backcountry enthusiasts who want to talk about issues related to the outdoors. A representative from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center will be on hand presenting the Know Before You Go Avalanche Awareness Program free of charge. This meeting will serve as a way to gauge the interests of group members to better plan presentations and events. Interested parties are asked to RSVP to Wildedge Brewing Collective by phone. If you've explored Canyon of the Ancients during the winter months, you know what a wonderful experience it can be. But right now, park officials are urging people not to explore the park until conditions dry out. Hiking when the landscape is wet can cause trail erosion which causes trail widening, resulting in a loss of delicate plant life and biological soil. Trail conditions within the Sand Canyon and Rock Creek Trails will improve quickly with sunshine. Once things do dry out, officials ask you to stay on trail and follow instructions. Updated trail conditions can be found on its website and Facebook page. The Mancos Conservation District is hosting, "One Watershed, One Community". It's a three-day workshop, January 30th through February 1st from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day at the Mancos Community Center. The workshop is aimed at gathering feedback from the community regarding the future of the water in the Mancos watershed. More details are online at Montezuma County Conservation District's website. Thanks for watching this edition of the Local News Roundup. I'm Connor Shreve.


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