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  • 19 Apr 2023 6:03 PM | Tracy Randall (Administrator)

    VVCC Members, let's embrace this Challenge and WIN this trophy!!!

    WHEN: May 15-21st (Monday through Sunday)

    WHAT: GO TO - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BtWW2023 to sign up for your team or to create a new team.

    Recommended: Select Other and enter VVCC.

    Points are based on biking to work, recreational rides, and the events listed within the bike week calendar above.

    After you sign up for your team, you will receive emails each day during bike week to keep track of points and events you participated in.

    The trophy is back on the line! The raining champs are the OWLS! Join in on the fun and let's see the VVCC take the trophy!

    Details on Wednesday, May 17th, "Ride Of Silence", click here.

    Details on Saturday, May 20th, "Bike with Cottonwood's Mayor", click here.

  • 19 Apr 2023 11:04 AM | Tracy Randall (Administrator)

    Background

    The Verde Valley Trail Fund (VVTF) was incorporated as an Arizona Nonprofit Corporation on June 24, 2021 and received its IRS non-profit designation on October 12, 2021. Its mission is to provide a self-sustaining funding source to help maintain and enhance system trails on Verde Valley public lands. 

    The VVTF Board of Directors includes local hikers, cyclists, runners, and equestrians who work in partnership with local land managers and the community and currently consists of Kevin Adams (Acting President and Vice President), Gary Davis (Secretary), Jan Starkey (Treasurer) and at large Directors Steve Ayers, Cliff Bryson, Crisi Clark, and Greg Miranda. Sean Brooks provides information technology support. The Board meets on the third Thursday of the month, alternating between Camp Verde and Cottonwood locations. The next meeting is April 20, 2023 at 5:30PM at the Camp Verde Development Office 385 S Main Street, Camp Verde, AZ 86322. The Verde Front Leadership Council is invited to attend. At this meeting, we anticipate Crisi Clark being voted in to serve as President.

    The three primary goals of VVTF are to provide the community with understanding of trail values, continuously maintaining and enhancing the trails, and having the capacity to meet the funding shortfall needs of these trails.   

    The VVTF is modeled after the very successful Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund and will build on the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition’s (VVCC) fundraising success with the Verde Trails & Access Plan (VTAP). Recognizing that the primary fundraising source for VTAP needed to transition from mountain bikers to the community, the VVCC and VVTF entered into a Memorandum of Understanding creating an orderly transition where both entities raise funds for the VTAP in 2022 with the VVTF taking over primary fundraising responsibility in 2023. The Forest Service (FS) entered into a Cost Share Agreement with the VVTF in February 2022 to address VTAP projects.

    The VVTF expects to have a website up and running later this calendar year.

    2022-2023 Field Season

    The VVTF and VVCC jointly funded the 2022-2023 field season’s work on the Copper Chief Trail which used a combination of mechanized construction by professional trail builders and manual construction/restoration work by youth conservation corps members and volunteers.

    VVTF funded activities ($64,750.00 total costs). The VVTF contracted with Flagline Trails LLC to provide a professional machine operator equipped with a mini-excavator to cut trail tread and back slope, to specification, along the flagged alignment of the Copper Chief Trail. Work began in early January 2023. Total cost: $55,000.00. Additionally, Flagline Trails also provided project management/trail training supporting two Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) crews with trail construction training specific to the Copper Chief Trail project. Total Cost: $9,750.00.


    Copper Chief Trail Construction 2023 - Pictures Courtesy of Flagline Trails LLC

    VVCC funded activities ($119,430.29 less any missing crew hours on the last hitch). The VVCC contracted with AZCC to provide up to two crews for up to 22 weeks on the project during the 2022-2023 season. AZCC provided two crews during November 2022 to provide two weeks each of restoration actions in the project area. AZCC provided crews beginning on January 31, 2023 to perform finishing work on the newly constructed Copper Chief Trail. Work is expected to conclude on April 18th. In total, AZCC will provide 16 weeks of work. ($110,256.65 less any missing crew hours on the last hitch.)

    Youth Conservation Corps Crews Performing Finishing Work - Photo Courtesy of Conservation Legacy

    The VVCC also provided gate guards ($6,616.75) installed on the Copper Chief Trail this season by volunteers, wattles ($1,497.13) used for restoration actions during Fall 2022 and refreshments at 12 volunteer workdays on the project ($1,050.76). Four volunteer workdays were cancelled due to weather. The twelve volunteer workdays attracted 77 volunteers who contributed 308 hours on the project. These volunteer hours are valued at $8,790.32 and are not included in the above VVCC total costs.

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    Gate Guard Installed on the Copper Chief Trail by Volunteers in 2023 - Picture Courtesy of Kevin Adams

    Trails Working Capital Fund

    The VVTF has created a Trails Working Capital Fund (TWCF) to materially fund VTAP new trail construction. The TWCF is replenished annually through reimbursement type grants awarded and administered by Arizona State Parks & Trails (ASP&T). The TWCF permits the focus to be on new trail construction rather than fundraising annually. ASP&T requires either a 5.7% or 25% grant match depending on the grant that will have to be raised annually through grants and other funding.

    Fundraising Activity

    The 2022-2023 field season was funded from the following grants and the TWCF:

    • Catena Foundation $100,500.00 awarded to the VVCC in 2021 (three-year grant)
    • National Forest Foundation $28,000.00 awarded to the VVCC in 2022
    • Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County $10,000.00 awarded to the VVTF in 2022
    • Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona $7,504.00 awarded to the VVTF in 2022
    • City of Cottonwood $7,500.00 awarded to the VVTF in 2022
    • Mountain Bike Association of Arizona $2,000.00 awarded to the VVTF in 2022
    • Friends of the Verde River $1,000 awarded to the VVTF in 2022
    • TWCF $27,676.29 provided by the VVCC

    The VVCC was awarded a Recreational Trails Program (2021) and the VVTF a Heritage Fund (2022) grant for the 2022-2023 field season. Maximum total value of the two grants totaled $200,000.00. Much of the above $184,180.29 cost for the 2022-2023 field season will be reimbursed and applied to the TWCF providing a significant portion of the upfront funding for the 2023-2024 field season.

    The VVCC and VVTF are already in work submitting grant applications for the 2023-2024 field season in which we anticipate that the Copper Chief Trail will be completed:

    • Catena Foundation $9,090.09 awarded to the VVCC in 2021 (final installment)

    • Arizona State Parks & Trails Recreation Trails Program $150,000.00 awarded to the VVTF in 2022 (reimbursement type grant with the reimbursement to be used for the 2024-2025 field season’s work constructing the Quail Springs Trail)

    • Pending Grant applications

      • Arizona Community Foundation $20,000 grant application submitted by the VVTF

      • Athletic Brewing Company ($10,000) grant application submitted by the VVTF

    The VVTF has also been informed that the Catena Foundation would be open to funding the outsourcing for any cultural and historic properties surveys for the Verde Valley Circle Trail in Red Rock Ranger District areas outside of the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund’s geographic territory. The Verde Ranger District has also approached the VVTF about outsourcing cultural and historic properties surveys for the Quail Spring Trail using the TWCF.

  • 27 Mar 2023 9:16 AM | Tracy Randall (Administrator)

    KEVIN ADAMS RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE

    Keep Sedona Beautiful (KSB) has honored Kevin Adams, VVCC Treasurer, and the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund with an Award of Excellence for Environmental Stewardship. The mission of KSB, a Sedona nonprofit, is “To protect and sustain the scenic beauty and natural environment of Sedona and the Verde Valley”.  

    Each year, KSB identifies organizations, businesses and individuals who have made significant contributions to the community. The various categories include Dark Sky Lighting, Landscaping, Cultural Heritage, Community Service, Environmental Stewardship, Education, and Sustainability. 

    KSB received a nomination of Kevin and a nomination for the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund. They each lauded the incredible work accomplished to maintain and expand our trails, the ‘quiet work’ that makes our trails so spectacular. 

    KSB will be holding an Awards of Excellence ceremony on Wednesday April 19 from 4-6 p.m. The event will take place at the KSB EcoHub, 360 Brewer Rd in Sedona. Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served, and there will be no admission fee. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m.  

    At the event KSB will recognize the accomplishments of the awardees. KSB will announce all awardees in news releases to the local media and on its web site prior to the ceremony.

  • 26 Mar 2023 7:18 PM | Tracy Randall (Administrator)

    In January, Robb from Flagline Trails LLC fired up the mini-excavator and has been cutting in this year’s work on the Copper Chief Trail completing almost 2.4 miles of new trail cut to the old road bed. Considering much of this new trail was cut through solid rock, adds to the story. Robb was followed by Youth Conservation Corps members from Conservation Legacy performing the finishing work. The Corps members will be continuing on turning the old road bed into new trail. All told, over 3 miles of the Copper Chief Trail will be completed this year with this 10 mile trail planned to be completed – connecting Phase 2 of the Blowout Wash to the Mingus Mountain Black Canyon Trail in 2024. 



  • 31 Jan 2023 10:38 PM | Tracy Randall (Administrator)
  • 27 Dec 2022 2:51 PM | Tracy Randall (Administrator)


  • 29 Nov 2022 9:41 AM | Tracy Randall (Administrator)

    Hello VVCC Members,

    The City of Sedona on Nov 22nd  approved the purchase of the 43 acre Cultural Center property in West Sedona. Many cyclists are familiar with this area as the Girdner Trailhead starts from there and leads to six trails that comprise much of the Western Gateway trail system.

    The VVCC Board voted to support this initiative and I spoke before the City Council on 11/22 to this effect. As I mentioned in my comments to the Council this plan makes sense because “...it offers the potential for an expanded vision that allows for a community-focused and multiuse approach to the development of the property... Green spaces, public commons, and multiple outdoor recreation activity and venue opportunities, along with safe biking access via bike lanes, sidewalks and multiuse paths should be part of this community focus...”

    The Cities of Cottonwood and Clarkdale and the Town of Camp Verde also have consistently promoted a community perspective that supports outdoor recreation and works to preserve the unique natural environment of the Verde Valley. The VVCC vision of “Developing a world class bicycling environment in the greater Verde Valley” does not take place in a vacuum. Rather, our advocacy efforts for  healthy, safe and fun cycling must work in concert and in context with the Verde Valley communities. The Cultural Center property is a great opportunity for such synergy to take place.

    Dan Blaettler


  • 6 Nov 2022 6:46 AM | Tracy Randall (Administrator)





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