Appendix C. Tenderfoot Mountain Trail System. Road and Trail Rehabilitation Plan

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1 Appendix C Tenderfoot Mountain Trail System Road and Trail Rehabilitation Plan All rehabilitation work would be under the direction of the District Fisheries Biologist, the Forest Hydrologist, and/or the Forest Engineer. Trail closures would most likely be funded by the NFF SCF and other funding sources. FDRD would lead volunteer projects to close trails. The Corinthian Hill HOA specifically is interested in this kind of work. SCORR members would have at least one volunteer work day to close trails. Refer to the Tenderfoot Mountain Construction and Maintenance Plan for additional information about sources of funding for rehabilitation. Trail closure would involve placing debris at junctions with designated trails (for a distance that would ensure that the closed trails are no longer visible from other trails). The closures would also involve (for a substantial distance), scarification of compacted trail tread, installation of signs, and installation of drainage structures (waterbars and check dams) where erosion is likely to occur. Experience has shown with closures in the past in this area, that re-vegetation occurs naturally. If vegetation does not naturally re-occur on the closed trail tread within two years, then grass seed (native species) would be used. Revegetation for the entire length of a closed trail will be the goal. Closed for Restoration signs would be posted. The trails within the Frey Gulch watershed and the trails in the 5.5 Management Area would have the highest closure priority. Formatted: Font color: Formatted: Font color: Construction of the new trail segments and the trailhead would be the priority, followed by reconstruction of existing trails. Closure and rehabilitation of unneeded trails would occur concurrently with construction. A target of 5 miles of closure per year has been set. The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps NFF Ski conservation Fund grant application for the 2012 summer season includes 4 weeks of trail closures for the Tenderfoot area. Design Features (from the EA): No equipment or construction materials (including fill) would be staged or stored within 100 feet of wetlands or other water features Rehabilitation of the Tenderfoot Mountain Road will include compost material (which is available at the nearby Summit County landfill). No chemicals, such as soil stabilizers, dust inhibitors or fertilizers would be used within 100 feet of wetlands or other water features Equipment would be refueled in designated contained areas, at least 100 feet away from wetlands or other water features In order to prevent noxious weed transport, all equipment to be used during construction would be thoroughly washed prior to mobilization to the site Native seed would be used for re-vegetation and topsoil removed during construction will be saved for revegetating adjacent surfaces. For re-vegetation, a native grass seed mix would be used and coordinated with the Forest botanist. Where conifer trees seedlings are removed during trail construction and reconstruction, they would be transplanted adjacent to the trail. Tenderfoot Mountain Motorcycle Trail System EA Appendix C Page 1

2 Locate vehicle service and fuel areas on gentle upland sites at least 100 feet away from streams to prevent pollutants from contaminating water. Source: WCPH Management Measure 15. Closure of the Tenderfoot Mountain Road (66.2B) Rock barriers would be placed in front of the Frey Gulch Creek ford to prevent vehicles from driving through the creek. This would be done as soon as possible. The upper steep section (from point 69 southeast 1/3 mile) would be re-contoured using a dozer. This would be coordinated by the Forest road crew. Some material may need to be imported to achieve recontouring. Some trees would be cut to allow for slope stabilization. Many are already lodgepole trees. The lower section would be accomplished by SCORR which has this equipment and would volunteer to do the work under the direction of the WRNF road crew. Drain dips would be installed every 30 feet to deter water flow. Compacted areas would be scarified. Mulch and soil amendments would be applied to the road surface. This upper section would be the first priority because access with heavy equipment is needed. The rocks at the ford can be moved to allow the heavy equipment access. The second priority would be the section that 0.3 mile section that parallels the north east tributary into Frey Gulch Creek. This section has minimal sideslope so re-contouring is not necessary. The road surface will be ripped and seeded. Drain dips will be installed every 50 feet. The third priority will be the section from point 16 to the Frey Gulch Creek ford. The road closure would take place prior to the construction of Trails and Tenderfoot Mountain Motorcycle Trail System EA Appendix C Page 2

3 Figure 1 Example of a section of road that would be converted to single-track trail. Waterbars would be constructed across the entire width (W). The compacted soil on one side would be scarified with an excavator. Debris (logs, stumps, rocks) would be placed on the closed side. Tenderfoot Mountain Motorcycle Trail System EA Appendix C Page 3

4 Figure 2 Example of a section of two-track road that would be converted to single-track trail. Waterbars would be constructed across the entire width (W). The compacted soil on one side would be scarified with an excavator. Debris (logs, stumps, rocks) would be placed on the closed side. Tenderfoot Mountain Motorcycle Trail System EA Appendix C Page 4

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