Crites: Trails master plan is needed for Cache County

Those who have met or worked with Cache County’s new full-time trails coordinator during the last six months will agree that a lot has already been accomplished since Dayton Crites was hired.

On Tuesday, Crites asked members of the Cache County Council to support a grant application that, if approved, would help him pursue something he feels is really needed: a trails master plan.

“Without any trails plan on the books for the county,” Crites explained, “there is a lot of funding from federal and state governments that I simply can’t get for us. It’s not available.”

He said that not only has it been difficult for the county to proceed with grant funding, it has also been a challenge to develop a plan that works with other communities in the county that may not have the staff or resources to develop a trails plan for themselves.

“Paradise,” Crites cited as an example, “doesn’t have the staff to put down a simple trails plan that says here’s where we want to connect to the Bonneville Shoreline (Trail), here is where we want the Bonneville Shoreline (Trail).

“So it’s these basic things that I want to take before the community, hopefully this fall.”

Crites said the grant from the National Park Service Conservation Assistance Program would give his office a free staff of architects and landscapers who work with this group from out of Salt Lake City to help further trails development.

The Cache County Council voted unanimously to support the grant application.

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