26 Jun Colorado Main Draw OHV Area Project
Greeley, Colo. – June 26, 2015 – In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service’s Pawnee National Grassland office, Noble Energy employees alongside volunteers from a local Boy Scouts troop completed the first of three important projects installing new fencing and a new information kiosk that will serve local and visiting OHV enthusiasts.
Tread Lightly! has partnered with Noble Energy, Inc. to support multiple-use access, sustainability, education and stewardship of America’s natural resources. The initial focus of this new and innovative partnership is on the Pawnee National Grassland, near the community of Greeley, Colorado.
“Tread Lightly! needs important community partners like Noble Energy to help accomplish critical work supporting outdoor recreation on our public lands,” said Lori McCullough, executive director for Tread Lightly! “Through programs like these – by leveraging financial and intellectual resources through a public-private partnership – we are educating, inspiring and nurturing future stewards, and helping to connect people of all ages and abilities to our natural environment through participation in outdoor recreation.”
The recent project – made possible by the “Nurturing with Nature” partnership among Tread Lightly!, Noble Energy and the U.S. Forest Service – is intended to protect long-term access to this popular OHV area, sustain opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation, and protect valuable natural resources.
The Main Draw area is the only location on the Pawnee National Grassland where non-licensed vehicles are permitted. This two-mile long draw or gully is popular with dirt bike riders and others with vehicles under 50 inches wide.
The multifaceted “Nurturing with Nature” partnership is highlighted by the development of a unique educational program to connect Greeley students with the outdoors. By integrating outdoor ethics and skills education into local schools, Tread Lightly! and Noble Energy are providing Greeley’s youth with direct exposure to nature. This type of exposure has proven essential for healthy childhood development and nurturing a society of good citizens and environmental stewards.
“Noble Energy is proud to be working with Tread Lightly! and the U.S. Forest Service in making Colorado’s great outdoors more accessible, while at the same time promoting environmental stewardship to sustain our unique surroundings for future generations,” said Chip Rimer, Noble Energy Senior Vice President of U.S. Onshore. “Providing Tread Lightly! with resources and volunteers for these important projects is important to the people of Noble Energy, who believe strongly in our commitment to work in true partnership with our many communities.”
Noble’s Nurturing with Nature partnership with Tread Lightly! involves two other hands-on Restoration for Recreation projects scheduled for completion by the end of September 2015 at the popular recreational sites – the Baker Draw area (Monday, August 24) and Pawnee Buttes Trailhead (Friday, September 25).
“We are pleased this partnership could come together to accomplish some great work on the Pawnee National Grassland and help connect the public to their natural Grassland,” Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland Supervisor Glenn Casamassa said.