Mesa County has been selected to receive $200,000 in grant funding from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) as part of the Federal Lands Coordination Program, which is designed to support more effective local government coordination and engagement in federal land management decision-making processes.
This grant will help fund the planning and design of the Palisade Plunge Trail Project, specifically the North River Road portion. The Palisade Plunge is a proposed route connecting the top of the Grand Mesa to the valley floor in the Town of Palisade via high quality non-motorized single-track.
“This is one of many steps in a multi-community effort to accomplish what will become a world-class must do experience,” said Chair of the Board of County Commissioners Scott McInnis.
The working group behind the project consists of representatives from the Bureau of Land Management, City of Grand Junction, Colorado Park and Wildlife, Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, Mesa County, Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Town of Palisade, U.S. Forest Service and others.
“This project shows the Board of Mesa County Commissioners is supportive of outdoor recreation and growing economic development on the east end of Mesa County,” added Commissioner Rose Pugliese.
In 2015, the trail was designated to the State’s “16 in 2016” Trails program, as part of the Governor’s “Colorado the Beautiful Initiative,” identifying the 16 highest priority trails in the state for implementation.
For information on Federal Lands Coordination grants, visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dola/federal-lands-coordination