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FARMINGTON — People who use the Glade Run Recreation Area may soon see some improvements on trails.

San Juan County and the Bureau of Land Management have received grant funding for a trails project in the recreation area. 

The County Commission likely will approve a memorandum of understanding with the BLM during its Tuesday meeting to complete the trails project. The County Commission meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the county administration building, 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec.

The Glade Run Recreation Area consists of 19,000 acres between New Mexico highways 170, 574 and 516. The area is popular with mountain bikers as well as off-road vehicle enthusiasts.

Fran Fillerup, the county public works director, said the county and the BLM received a Recreation Trails Program grant through the New Mexico Department of Transportation that will help pay for the $700,000 of trail improvements and enhancements. The Recreation Trails Program grant is federal money administered by NMDOT.

Fillerup said the enhancements will improve mountain bike, motor bike and ATV trails in the glade.

"The county wants to promote the use of the glade for recreation both by residents and visitors," Fillerup said.

http://www.daily-times.com/story/news/local/2017/11/06/glade-run-trail-improvements-county-agenda/830049001/

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UPDATE:

County, BLM to partner on trails project in Glade Run Recreation Area

AZTEC —The San Juan County Commission unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with the Bureau of Land Management today for trail improvements and enhancements in the Glade Run Recreation Area.

The County Commission met at 4 p.m. today at the County Administration Building in Aztec.

The Glade Run Recreation Area comprises approximately 19,000 acres between the cities of Farmington and Aztec and the communities of La Plata and Flora Vista.

The $700,000 project is funded by a Recreation Trails Program grant. The grant is federal money administered by the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

The BLM recently updated its resource management plan for the Glade Run Recreation Area and the trail work will reflect the management priorities in the area. The plan went into effect in 2015.

Public works director Fran Fillerup said the work will be done on approximately 80 miles of existing trails within the Glade Run Recreation Area. Fillerup said the memorandum of understanding establishes a relationship between the BLM and the county for the project. He said the duties have not yet been divided between the two agencies.

Commission Chairman Jack Fortner asked about the types of usage that occur on the trails, including by ATV, mountain bike and hiking enthusiasts.

Fillerup said the trails that will be worked on include trails designated for nonmotorized traffic, as well as trails set aside for off-road vehicle use.

"We were careful to try to include all of those because we recognize that all those sorts of users are in the Glade," Fillerup said.

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6 minutes ago, TeamGreenPilot said:

Well..... we’ll see...

I'm going to get ahold of Fran at the county so she can keep me updated, working for the county I've met her before, she's OK.  We definitely need input, otherwise the non motorized folks will get all the money.

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And I just got an email from Marc at NOHVCC, they've been in contact with the rec planner at the local BLM, so they are definitely interested, too.  This may go better than most local projects seem to.

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And I just got an email from Marc at NOHVCC, they've been in contact with the rec planner at the local BLM, so they are definitely interested, too.  This may go better than most local projects seem to.

Thats good news right there...

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