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Tread Lightly!, Noble Energy, Federal and Colorado State Agencies celebrate Pawnee National Grassland Restoration

Posted in News on September 29, 2015
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Tread Lightly!, Noble Energy Inc. and the U.S. Forest Service celebrated the completion of three priority Restoration for Recreation projects that were implemented this year on the Pawnee National Grasslands near Greeley, Colorado. The three priority projects were the Main Draw OHV Area, the Pawnee Buttes Trailhead, and the Baker Draw Shooting Area. A great group of volunteers helped to make this possible and just completed the final stage of the project by cleaning up and installing shade structures to improve the popular public spaces.

The Restoration for Recreation project is part of a larger “Nurturing with Nature” Noble Energy supported effort that creates educational programming which connects Greeley, Colorado students from grades 2-6 with the outdoors. The youth program has a goal of reaching 10,000 students to teach them outdoor ethics and skill while encouraging them to be excellent environmental stewards.

The calibration between these organizations is great to see and is an excellent example of how public and private groups can work together to improve outdoor space for everyone to enjoy. Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director Bob Broscheid told volunteers “…this program is right in line with our mission to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire future generations.” We could not agree more Bob.

With funding and volunteers provided, priority projects like this that may otherwise get put on the back burner for over a year can be completed and offer sustainable access to groups including Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV), recreational shooters, and even bird watchers.

The completion of this project will protect and provide long-term access to this popular area while protecting valuable natural resources. Tread Lightly!’s executive director, Lori McCullough said “The Tread Lightly!-Noble Energy partnership complements many priorities of national importance with regard to conservation and outdoor recreation, and we're proud to set the national example right here in Colorado where the needs are great and the community is so supportive of outdoor recreation,"

With land use issues at the forefront of the off-road and outdoor community often with negative results, it’s great to see Tread Lightly!, Noble Energy and the U.S Forest service come together in support of an OHV, Shooting and generally awesome outdoor area that will provide generations to come great pleasure.

For more information on this project or how you can help on current and upcoming projects visit treadlighly.org

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