Cat­walk Reopens April 5

Catron Courier - - News -

The pub­lic is in­vited to join the Gila Na­tional For­est April 5, 2014 for the re­open­ing of the Cat­walk Recre­ation Area. This event will be held in con­junc­tion with the Glen­wood Dutch Oven Cook-Off. Joint ef­forts by US For­est Ser­vice and NM De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion have im­proved road con­di­tions along NM High­way 174, re­moved de­bris from pic­nic ar­eas, and cleared ap­prox­i­mately one half mile of the historic trail.

Deb­bie Cress, Glen­wood District Ranger says, “This will be a great op­por­tu­nity for folks to en­joy the Cat­walk, take in the beau­ti­ful scenery, see the work that’s been ac­com­plished and ap­pre­ci­ate all that the Glen­wood area has to of­fer.” Short-term work in­cludes: Com­pleted chan­nel to re­turn White­wa­ter Creek flow to the up­per wa­ter cross­ing. Cleared sed­i­ment, logs, and de­bris from pic­nic ta­bles. Cleared landslides and sta­bi­lized handrails along the historic trail from the pic­nic area to the steps con­structed by the Civil­ian Con­ser­va­tion Corps (CCC). Re­moved metal de­bris from the pic­nic area and chan­nel. Cress adds that the For­est Ser­vice in­tends to con­tinue work­ing with com­mu­nity mem­bers and in­ter­ested agen­cies in the up­com­ing months to de­velop a long-term plan for the Cat­walk. The clo­sure of the trail and White­wa­ter Creek from the CCC steps to the junc­tion of Gold Dust Trail #41 will re­main in ef­fect fol­low­ing re­open­ing of the lower por­tion of Cat­walk Na­tional Recre­ation Trail.

Con­tact the Glen­wood Ranger District of­fice for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion at 575-539-2481.

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