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COLORADO MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES RESOLUTION SUPPORTING APPLICATION FOR 2021 NON-MOTORIZED TRAILS GRANT The Board of Directors (the "Board") of Colorado Mountain College (the "College") met on October 20, 2020, at a duly convened regular meeting and adopted the following resolution: WHEREAS, the College has submitted a 2021 Non-Motorized Trails Grant Application, a copy of which is attached to this Resolution (the "Trails Grant Application"), requesting a 250,000 grant for the construction of a non-motorized trail system at the College's Spring Valley campus in Garfield County, Colorado; and WHEREAS, the Trails Grant Application requires that the College Board of Trustees adopt and submit a resolution in support of the Trails Grant Application and, if the grant funds are awarded, confirm that the Board supports completion and maintenance of the trails project. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board approves, confirms and ratifies the submission of the Trails Grant Application; RESOLVED, the Board further confoms and verifies that the College is the sole owner of a fee simple ownership interest in the campus property upon which the project will be located, and that the College will grant such deeds, easements, licenses, long term leases or other documentation as may be requested, all as proof of ownership or public access rights that shall run with the land, shall benefit and be binding upon all successors or assigns, and shall dedicate such land to serve as the site of the publically accessible trail system for at least 25 years; RESOLVED, the Board assures that the college has the resources and ability to complete the project and is committed to ensuring long-term trail maintenance, and hereby authorizes the expenditure of funds (including matching funds) and the use of College resources as reflected in the Trails Grant Application or as necessary to meet the terms and obligations of the grant, if awarded to the College; and RESOLVED, that the College hereby authorizes the President, or her designee, to finalize, execute and deliver such future additions or modifications as may be approved by the College President & CEO or her designee. This resolution is in full force and effect from and after its approval. Dated as of this 20th day of October 2020. L Cw By: Char D.mniffe, Secretary

September 23, 2020 COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 1313 SHERMAN STREET, 6TH FLOOR DENVER, CO 80203 To Whom It May Concern, This letter is in reference to Colorado Mountain College’s application for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Non-Motorized Trails Grant. As the Director of Facilities for CMC, I can verify that the property targeted for the proposed project will be under the control of Colorado Mountain College for at least the next twenty five years. Additionally, during that time, this land will be accessible to the public. Sincerely, Sean Nesbitt Director of Facilities Colorado Mountain College 802 Grand Avenue Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

EXHIBIT A MANDATORY: Signed letter of resolution from Governing Body that includes resources/support committed to the project Exhibit A – Application Exhibit B – Budget (Unprotected Excel CPW form) Environmental Forms Maps/Photos/Graphics [Separate PDF document(s)] DO NOT combine with application Letters of Support (maximum of 5). No letters from clubs, groups or individuals specifically working on the project. Project should be completed within 2.5 years from receiving grant. Required MATCH funding is secured, including CASH match funds. CPW Area Manager was contacted about the project by September 8 th and applicant has discussed the project with them. Note: ALL projects will be reviewed by CPW for wildlife impacts. Project area is owned by public land agency or has easement that designates the area to be open to public outdoor recreation for at least 25 years. Formal Environmental Assessment (EA) or NEPA has been completed with final approval for the project area (federal lands only, include link to EA). Construction projects have been evaluated for required permits and if required, permits have been acquired (404 permit, etc.). ADDITIONAL PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS: Youth Corps or youth organization will be used on the project (name of organization). Volunteers will be utilized on the project (name of organization).

NON-MOTORIZED CONSTRUCTION APPLICATION Applicant or Organization Name: Colorado Mailing Address: 3000 Mountain College Foundation County Road 114 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 Applicant Lead Contact Name: Ed Chusid Title: Foundation Grant Manager Telephone: 970-947-8347 Email: Is this the primary contact for this grant: YES NO OFFICIAL USE ONLY – DUNS # (IF REQUIRED): PROJECT MANAGER (this person will have day-to-day responsibility for the project) Name: Jacob McCoola Telephone: 970-947-8160 Email: PRIMARY PARTNER INFORMATION (IF APPLICABLE) Name: Catena Foundation Mailing Address: PO Box 994, Carbondale, CO 81623 Partner Contact Name: Mike Wight Title: Restoration and Trails Program Officer Telephone: 970-749-2796 Email: Is this the primary contact for this grant: YES NO ABOUT THE PROJECT Project Title: CMC Spring Valley Trails Project Grant Request: 250,000 Match : 143,760 Total Project Cost: 393,760 Project Description: Write a 2-3 paragraph description of your project and the expected accomplishments. Be sure to include Who, What, When and Where. This is your scope of work. (This section is not the place to talk about the project background, the benefits, the funding, or anything other than the actual work to be accomplished. Please address this information in question #1 of the Selection Criteria.) WHO? Who will complete the work and who will oversee the project? Provide a brief description of your community or organization, highlighting its mission and purpose. WHAT? Explain what you are going to do or accomplish. What is the goal or the reason for your project? Break down the project into a list of specific activities to be completed. These should be quantifiable items that correspond to the categories on your budget page. Include quantity or quality as part of your description of work to be performed. How long? How many? How many feet? How many miles? What materials will be used? Is a specific standard or guideline being used? WHERE? Explain in detail the location of your project. Where is the project located? What county? What are the nearby towns? What National Forest/ BLM Field Office? Provide the names of the trail(s) or trail system and where agency the work will be performed DEFINITIONS? Please define all acronyms and specialized terms that are used in your project description.

EXHIBIT A Project Description The Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Spring Valley Campus, located outside of Glenwood Springs, in the Roaring Fork Valley seeks funding from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Non-Motorized Trails Grant for the construction of a series of mountain bike, adaptive and walking trails on and around campus. This Spring Valley Trails Master Plan is the product of a 2018 CPW Non-Motorized Trails planning grant. The Spring Valley Trails project is multi-dimensional. 1. The mountain bike trails system has been designed to create: a) a tiered trails progression suitable for teaching credit mountain biking classes ranging from introductory to advanced skills classes; b) a competition race course and venue suitable for National Interscholastic Cycing Association (NICA) races that local teams can train and race on; and c) an enhanced and accessible trail system for community members to recreate on. 2. The adaptive trail system has been designed based on experiences with Ascendigo (a program for people with autism; CMC has hosted their summer camp for many years), and based on interest from Challenge Aspen that is seeking a mountain bike venue for some of their disabled clients with a special focus on veterans. 3. The walking/hiking trails seek to accommodate walking meetings (especially relevant in COVID times for social distancing), educational nature trails for visitors and classes, as well as a dedicated space for runners and walkers to exercise without concern of other users and away from narrow county roadways. The mountain bike system will be composed of four professionally built trails with a 24-36” tread on natural surface. These would include a climbing trail (1.39 miles), a green/beginner level trail (1.01 miles), a blue/intermediate trail (.91 miles) and a black/expert level trail (1.04 miles) for a combined total of 4.35 miles of additional trails. (New trail construction is designed to interplay with the 4.2 miles of existing trail to form a complete race course.) The adaptive trail will be composed of .85 miles of new trail with a 48-60” wide tread and topped with crusher fines and with a capped gradient of 8% and with no greater than a 6% overall grade. The adaptive trail will be AMTB Level 1 trail, meaning that adaptive expect Previous CPW grants awarded (last 3 years) List award year, category and project name CPW Non-Motorized Trail Planning Grant - Awarded 2020 - Titled: Spring Valley Public Trails Long-Term Planning and Management Plan

LAND OWNERSHIP 1. Provide the name/s of the property owners: 2. The trail corridor is controlled by: Other: Fee Simple Lease Easement License Right-of-Way USER INFORMATION (Please check all that apply) Hiking Motorcycling Equestrian Walking Four-Wheeling ADA Accessible Running All-Terrain Vehicle Paddling Skateboarding Snowmobiling Other Adaptive In-Line Skating Snowshoeing Other Biking X-Country Skiing Other Biking TRAIL SURFACE Asphalt Concrete Other Natural Crusher Fines Other PROJECT LOCATION (For multiple project sites attach a separate list.) Nearest Town or City: Glenwood Springs County: Garfield Latitude & Longitude Coordinates (in decimal degrees): 13S 0307748E, 43 71412N State Congressional District ( Please fill out all the applicable categories for your project: Acreage of new trailhead 1 Miles of trail being planned 4.9 Miles of new trail construction 4.9 Miles of trail maintenance 10.1 Miles of inter-connecting trail 10.1 Miles of trail reroute 0 Miles of trail to be decommissioned 0 Miles of trail to be restored .5 Miles of trail to be signed 4.9 Miles of trail grooming 0 Other Other Applicant Authorized Signature: Date: (From Applicant Organization) Land Agency Authorized Signature: Date: (From project location land agency, if different from applicant)

EXHIBIT A TIMELINE Provide a timeline estimate using the following form. Remember that the project is to be completed within two and a half years of the award date. Any proposed changes, including extensions or modifications in the project timeline, must be requested in writing and approved in advance by the State Trails Program. PRELIMINARY TIMELINE ESTIMATE TASK JulSep 2021 OctDec 2021 JanMar 2022 AprJun 2022 JulSep 2022 OctDec 2022 JanMar 2023 AprJun 2023 Project Initiation Bid Process for MTB Trails X Bid Process for Adaptive Trails X Hiring of Contractor for MTB Trails X X Hiring Contractor for Adaptive Trail X X Mobilization Ground Breaking/Construction on MTB Trails X X Ground Breaking/Construction on Adaptive Trails X X Construction Phase Fine Tuning/Completion of MTB Trails X Fine Tuning/Completion of Adaptive Trails X Administrative Close-Out Grand Opening X X JulSep 2023 OctDec 2023

EXHIBIT A CONSTRUCTION GRANT SCORING CRITERIA All applicants must respond to the following selection criteria questions in ten pages or less. Use the numbered blank pages at the end of this section. This application will be scored on a 100 point basis. The maximum number of points that can be awarded for each question is shown in parentheses. Outside reviewers and State Trails staff will review each project. Projects will be ranked according to reviewer and staff scores. Grant review subcommittee members review and score grant applications based on the totality of information available. This may include not only the answers provided to the application questions, but also additional information provided to the review subcommittee from agency staff and subcommittee member knowledge and information that is relevant to the proposed project. Failure to provide a response to any question (unless otherwise noted) will reduce your project’s score. Please read and understand all application questions prior to answering. Respond in 12-point font. Reference all attachments. SCOPE (15 Points Total) 1. Scope (10 points) Describe the proposed project including the length/width of trail construction, any major components necessary to complete the trail such as materials, under/overpasses, bridges, trail heads, trail sections, etc. – describe exactly what will be built. Discuss the ownership status of the trail corridor and any easements or land acquisitions that have been acquired for the trail. Address each trail component separately, specifically mentioning its characteristics. Please include a few site photos and a map of the area. 2. Access/Trail Connections (5 points) Briefly discuss how this project expands trail loops, links, or improves and/or restores trail use and connectivity to other trails, park areas, outdoor recreation opportunities, and/or other public recreation, and community centers. If the project is connected to a larger trail system, describe the size, extent, and predominate uses of that system. NEED (10 Points) 3. Clearly address unmet recreational trail needs and specifically explain how this project will meet those needs (i.e., trail demands, deteriorating conditions, etc.). Describe the community this project will serve and provide population and economic data. Discuss the ways in which the community currently is or is not compensating for the lack of the proposed project components. Briefly describe how the proposed trail currently and/or will accommodate multiple nonmotorized uses within the region. Discuss the significance of the trail segment to users. List each user group and estimate their percentage of overall trail use, e.g., bicyclists – 40%, hikers – 50%, equestrian – 10%). How did you arrive at those estimates? Describe the project’s urgency. Why are CPW State Trails funds necessary to complete this project? What opportunities are lost if the grant is not awarded?

EXHIBIT A PLANNING/SUSTAINABILITY (45 Points Total) 4. Planning and Prioritization Process (15 points) Is this project part of an approved master plan and if so, what priority is it given in that plan? Are there existing trails in the area? If so, was there any consideration to use those existing trail routes? Please explain the need for additional trail routes and why new trail construction is being pursued at this time. What best management practices were used during the planning process to ensure that the trail and its amenities will be sustainable? What design practices were used to ensure that the project will meet current and future use levels? How were wildlife and natural resource impacts addressed in the planning process? Have CPW wildlife specialists provided input or consultation on this project? 5. Maintenance and Sustainability (15 points) Describe how the project will be maintained and managed for long-term sustainability. Has an Operations and Maintenance plan been developed for the project areas? If so, please explain the plan in detail. Have trail reroute options been considered for current on-the-ground unsustainable trails and trail sections in the project area? If so, are there plans to decommission and/or restore these unsustainable trail sections? Is this a multi-phase project, and if so, how many phases is it and how will future phases be funded? Estimate the annual costs to maintain the project. How did you derive at those numbers and how do you intend to fund long-term maintenance? Who will responsible for maintenance? Will funds from the State Trails Grant Program be requested for this trail project in the future? 6. Wildlife and Natural Resources (15 points) How were CPW staff engaged in the planning process? How were impacts to wildlife and habitat evaluated, avoided, and/or minimized? What factors were considered to avoid large blocks of less disturbed sensitive environmental resources such as wildlife habitat or wetlands in the planning process? What aspects were considered to evaluate wildlife connectivity across the landscape and to avoid and/or minimize the potential for fragmentation? If necessary, describe any plans for avoiding and/or minimizing wildlife and natural resource impacts. Describe how the applicant will help support the land manager in implementation. For example, if a season closure is recommended, what are the dates of the closure and how will it be implemented to be effective (signage, gates, game cameras, etc.)? PUBLIC COMMENT (15 points) 7. Public notification is mandatory for all projects. Projects without public involvement are not eligible for rating. Describe the public planning process that identified the construction of this trail(s) as a priority. Summarize the feedback received from the public and how it was determined that your constituents want and will use the project? Has this project been deemed a priority by any other agencies or given any significant designations? Describe any received opposition to the project and how the concerns have been addressed.

EXHIBIT A ABILITY (15 Points Total) 8. Matching Funds and Partnerships (10 points) Discuss partnerships established for this project and their contributions. Discuss the sources of matching funds. How much match is secured beyond the required 30%? How much of it is yet to be raised and what are your plans for raising those additional funds? Submit letters of commitment/support from landowners and/or funders as a separate attachment (resolution from the governing body should include support and resource commitment; a separate support letter is not required). Beyond these letters, you may submit up to 5 letters of non-funding support. 9. Contingency/Ability (5 points) What other funding sources have been dedicated or are anticipated to be dedicated to this project? Will applicant and/or partner funds be lost if State Trails funds are not awarded? If you are not awarded State Trails funding, what measures will be taken to complete the project? Describe your ability to complete the specific grant transaction(s) that will be necessary to accomplish this project. Please provide examples (if any) for grant projects of similar magnitude that demonstrate your ability to manage the requested level of grant funding; including the project title, grantor, award amount and year the project was funded. Were the necessary reporting and closeout requirements completed in a timely manner? How well was it managed from your perspective?

1. SCOPE (1 Points) EXHIBIT A The scope of the CMC Spring Valley Trails project consists of three distinct trail systems: mountain bike, adaptive and pedestrian. The mountain bike trails will be comprised of 4.35 miles of new trails in addition to the existing 4.2 miles of trail. The existing trail has been hand built by volunteers and has been classified as a cross-country style trail system with intermingled climbs and descents, forming a series of loops to the South of campus. The new trails would be professionally built using a combination of machine and hand building approaches, depending on the terrain. These trails would use existing materials from the area (as does the current trail system) but would have a wider foot print in order to accommodate a greater ability range of users with the overall tread being approximately 24-36” versus the existing 18” standard. The new mountain bike trails will create a progression for students that are taking classes as well as community members, with the green trail being groomed and non-technical and the blue and black trails designed with increasing difficulty defined by rock features, steeper grades and skills features (table tops, jumps, berms etc.). The adaptive trail system will combine existing pathways with new trails to create a ‘figure 8’ style trail working around campus and through the soccer fields. The new trail will wind around the perimeter of campus, through pinion-juniper forest and sage meadows. The trail will be surfaced with crusher fines, 72” wide and with no grade steeper than 8% (the average will be much lower). The intent of this trail is to provide a space for Ascendigo and Challenge Aspen campers to recreate near campus but with a more nature-based experience than the paved roads through campus. The separated path will keep users safe and off the campus roadway. The trail will accommodate multiple users including college staff, faculty and students who are walking, and as a warm-up area for adaptive cyclists prior to their entering the mountain bike trail. The adaptive trails will be built primarily by machine, as portions will require excavation into the side hill to form a level platform. The native local material is suitable for this structure and resistant to erosion. The walking trails will provide space for runners, students, staff and faculty seeking an outdoor space for walking meetings, a close-in and accessible escape from the campus hardscape, and an educational nature trail. These trails will be hand built by volunteers and will be composed of natural material with a 12-18” tread. Interpretive signage will be provided by the College to educate users on the local ecology and natural history. Colorado Mountain College has the privilege of owning the entirety of the property on which the trail systems will be located. Private ownership provides the College with unilateral control over the construction, maintenance and access of the trail system, thus eliminating the need for easements or land acquisition in moving forward with development of the trail system.

2. SCOPE Access/Trail Connections (5 points) EXHIBIT A The Spring Valley Trail system will be accessible to the public via County Rd. 114 and will have dedicated parking on campus for trail users. Users can also access the trails from Glenwood Springs via the Scout and Forest Hollow trails and County Road 119 (a seldom used county road that is dirt double-track). This combination of trails and primitive county roads serves to keep cyclists off of the paved road which could be hazardous with many blind turns, narrow sections and frequent high speed traffic. The College aspires to collaborate with the local BLM office and the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA) to connect the campus trails to the newly acquired Sutey Ranch Open Space, thereby connecting Glenwood Springs to Carbondale almost entirely via single and double-track trails. The College also understands that this is unlikely to occur soon, if ever. The trails will provide a connection between the Roaring Fork Valley community and the Campus in social and economic ways by training students to navigate the trails skillfully, as well as creating a venue where students can observe and practice the maintenance and refinement of trails. This will provide the Roaring Fork Valley, a recently designated Gold Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bike Association, with a skilled workforce, ready to join trail crews, bike shops, guiding companies and more to meet an ever-growing demand for workers in the cycling world. Furthermore, the trails will provide more immediate access to students living on campus, residents of the Pinion Pines Apartments (an affordable-housing complex adjacent to the campus), and homeowners in the nearby Elk Springs and Pinion Mesa neighborhoods. There has already been a marked increase in visitation from these users, most notably young Latin x riders from the Pinion Pines Apartments. The proximity of the trails for these young people, students and other recreationists provides a space to engage with the outdoors, exercise and build community connections.

3. NEED (10 Points) EXHIBIT A Colorado Mountain College, and the Spring Valley campus in particular, is uniquely positioned as an institution of higher learning, a host to summer camps and a community resource to meet a number of community needs. At present the campus has a moderate trails system in place to allow students, residents, and local tourists access to the surrounding pristine natural landscape near the campus. The trails provide an inspirational, almost-tactile view of Mt. Sopris and are a significant draw for local residents and tourists to the Glenwood Springs region. The proposed project would extend the trail system significantly and allow tourists to be able to better explore areas of the campus not easily accessible to visitors on foot or bike. Hiking, biking and general outdoor recreation is a vital component to the local economy and this expanded trail system will support increased eco-tourism to eastern Garfield County and support the local economy significantly, as well as provide support for our local residents to enjoy the natural beauty of the region. The campus' location within the Gold Level Ride Center of the Roaring Fork Valley offers an educational opportunity to provide instruction and credentials for the growing segment of the outdoor trail industry. Our Outdoor Education and Sustainability programs develop the skills and ethos necessary for a career in the growing bicycle tourism economy. Outdoor Education study areas include personal riding skills, group leadership and risk assessment. Sustainability study areas include sustainable trail design and construction, erosion mitigation and maintenance techniques. Challenge Aspen, Ascendigo and members of the disabled community have expressed strong support and interest in the opportunity to bring veterans, disabled athletes and other clients onto the campus to utilize the system of adaptive and single track trails. Ascendigo has been a long-time summer client. Campers utilize the campus roads and pathways in support of therapeutic programming and exercises. The addition of an adaptive trail system would directly benefit these user groups by providing a safe, separated corridor on which to meet and recreate. The trail loop can be used by adaptive cyclists for a test spin or warm-up lap prior to embarking on the single-track mountain bike trails. The adaptive trail is in close proximity to handicap parking, water and accessible facilities. The professional expansion of the campus' trails will help curb the development of illegal and rogue trails which have been established on the surrounding public lands. These "social" trails are often built on natural game trails which tend to align with drainage corridors, contributing to erosion. The consensus is that rogue social trails result when there is an absence of professionally-designed and signed trail facilities. Thus, the creation and signage of new trails will steer users toward them and discourage future rogue trail development. The project is urgent so as to take advantage of the unique opportunity to consolidate and re-purpose soil and materials leftover from a recent campus expansion. A 20 million capital upgrade, begun in 2018 and which included the construction of 2 new buildings and renovation of a third, is now nearing completion. Excavation included the removal of a significant amount of local soil, dirt and materials which we plan to utilize in the construction of the proposed trails. This savings will make the proposed plan far more affordable and reduce the environmental impact by locally re-purposing the already-disturbed soil. The project is timely and needed to support the NICA community, which is in need of competition venues. Participation in high school mountain bike racing is at an all-time high both nationally and in the state, and continues to expand its membership. The local NICA-affiliate, the Colorado High School Cycling League (the League) desires to add a venue in the Roaring Fork Valley to serve the 5 local RFV school teams, 3 in Eagle County and 3 in Mesa County. Additionally, the Glenwood Springs location meets their need for a venue conveniently located near the I-70 corridor, since many teams travel from the Front Range. Challenge Aspen is in need of a venue for summer programming. While most of their programs take place in the winter in snow-based activities, they have a need and desire for safe, purpose-built accessible facilities to provide outdoor programs in the summer months.

4. PLANNING/SUSTAINABILITY Planning and Prioritization Process (1 points) EXHIBIT A The proposed Spring Valley Trails Master Plan is the product of our current Non-Motorized Trails Planning Grant. With CPW's support, we contracted with a professional team from the Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) to complete a thorough environmental assessment of the 800 acre campus. The study has been shared with CPW Area Land Managers, and has garnered their support. The survey provides a baseline, foundational document upon which future decision-making will be based. Our campus leadership, and Outdoor Recreation faculty, informed by the survey, will adhere to sustainable best-practices in expanding the trail system. CMC is seeking support to build on the Planning Grant results and move on to the next phase of construction. Completing the trail system is seen as a key priority to fully realize the hiking, biking and outdoor recreation potential of the campus. CMC has prioritized the planning process, seeking input from multiple professional mountain bike organizations, adaptive trail planners, adaptive trail users, biologists that specialize in local flora and fauna, CP

COLORADO PARKS & WIL DLIFE . 1313 SHERMAN STREET, 6. TH. FLOOR . DENVER, CO 80203. To Whom It May Concern , This letter is in reference to Colorado Mountain College's application for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Non-Motorized Trails Grant. As the Director of Facilities for CMC, I can verify that the property

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