Earth Briefs

Overend Mountain work to be held

Trail work will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Overend Mountain Park to commemorate National Public Lands Day.

There will be several projects, and the work is family-friendly. Participants should meet at 9 a.m. at the Leyden Street trailhead. Lunch will be held after.

Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, shirt, hat and sunscreen and bring water.

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Dolores River Trail to feature Story Walk

Participants may visit the Dolores River Trail from Saturday to July 4 to see the first local Story Walk installation of I Know the River Loves Me by Maya Christina Gonzalez.

Walkers will follow a route with pages of the book mounted on signs.

The project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt., and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

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Work on Colorado Trail to be held Saturday

National Trails Day is Saturday, and the San Juan Mountains Association will celebrate by working on its adopted section of the Colorado Trail.

Volunteers are welcome, and no sign-up is needed.

Work projects will vary from moving rocks to trimming branches. Participants should meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Colorado Trail trailhead at Junction Creek. Trail work will continue to noon or 1 p.m. Participants should bring work gloves, appropriate clothing, water, a snack and a friend.

For more information, call MK Thompson at 759-9113 or email

Meeting to be held about roadless rule

The U.S. Forest Service will hold a meeting about the proposed Colorado Roadless Rule from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave.

The purpose of the meeting is to increase public understanding about the proposed rule, explain how comments gathered from the public during previous comment periods was incorporated into the rule and respond to questions from the public. Oral comments will not be taken at the meeting, and the agency will not be recording the meetings.

People who wish to provide comments for the record will need to submit them in writing.

The deadline for written comments is July 14. Comments may be submitted at, emailed to, mailed to Colorado Roadless Rule/EIS, P.O. Box 1919, Sacramento, CA 95812, or by calling (916) 456-6724. All comments, including names and addresses, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying.

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Wildflower walk will be Wednesdays

The San Juan/Four Corners Native Plant Society will lead a free “Town Wildflower Walk” from 7 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday from June to August.

The first walk will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hermosa Historic Cemetery. The group will meet at a different location around Durango to look at, talk about and enjoy wildflowers.

For more information and directions, visit ta/costones/hermosa.htm, call 403-3732 or 247-1310.