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FOMP: COVID-19 Response and Suggestions

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay local!

The health of our trail users, volunteers, community, and our board members is utmost in our thoughts and hearts.

During this crisis, FOMP will be operating in this mode:

  1. All FOMP social gatherings have been postponed.
  2. All FOMP group trail building workdays have been postponed.
  3. All FOMP meetings and correspondence will be done online/electronically.

At this time, the trails in the Monument Fire Center are open for use, and FOMP recognizes how vital the role of outdoor activities and exercise is for our physical and mental wellness. We will partner and cooperate with our USFS land manager in every way possible to ensure that access to trails is maintained (see the bottom of the page for the latest USFS news release).

We offer the following suggestions when recreating:

  1. If you are exhibiting symptoms or have been in contact with someone who is symptomatic, please self-quarantine, and don’t risk exposing other trail users.
  2. Avoid crowded trails and trailheads, and if possible, ride/hike/run to the trailhead if you can, or go out during non-peak times.
  3. Work with other trail users to maintain the 6-foot distance rule. This may require adjustment to your standard routine. Just wait for safe opportunities to pass if needed.
  4. Recreate conservatively, since we don’t want to overload the health care system with an emergency.
  5. Recreate locally. Under the current state-wide mandated shutdown, we are not permitted to travel to other locations for recreation.
  6. No social gatherings and group rides/hikes/runs.

With the current economic turmoil, please support any local business if at all possible, reach out to help your neighbors (from a distance), and help those in need through local charitable groups.

A big thanks to our board members, volunteers, and supporters!

FOMP

This is the current new release per the local USFS:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands to indefinitely close some recreational facilities 

PUEBLO, Colorado (March 27, 2020) – District Rangers on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands will, today, begin the orderly closure of developed recreation sites and some services in their districts to protect public health and safety and align with state and local measures already in place to contain the COVID019 outbreak.

Forest Service lands on the PSICC are open for day use activities, such as forest trails accessed at federally managed trail heads, to provide opportunity for the public to participate in necessary activities defined by the Colorado Governor’s Executive Order to Stay at Home dated March 25, 2020. Updates to the availability of other recreation sites in the area are always available on our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/psicc/recreation.

“Personal responsibility is important now more than ever. Safe and responsible use of national forests and grasslands will reduce impacts to local communities who may be at risk from the virus,” said Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands Forest Supervisor Diana Trujillo.

People who made reservations for any of the affected facilities through Rec.gov will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages if there are any changes affecting their reservation. Reservation holders who are affected during the closure may receive a full refund for the reservation.

As the nation works through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.   If you choose to recreate on the national forest, please follow CDC/state guidelines and limit group size to less than 10 people and practice recommended social distancing techniques to minimize your exposure.

Assistance in a backcountry emergency could result in response times that are significantly delayed and some resources, such as air ambulances, and others may be unavailable.

The PSICC will continue to coordinate its COVID-19 response in alignment with all federal, state and local guidance.  Everyone is urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The most recent CDC guidelines are available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html.  Additional information is available at https://www.usda.gov/coronavirus.

March 2020 Board of Directors Meeting

March 2020 Board of Directors Meeting

FOMP is pleased to announce our March 2020 Board Meeting

Meeting Time:
Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 PM

Meeting location

Trinity Lutheran Church, 17750 Knollwood Monument refer to  https://goo.gl/maps/pjVmV8dHSMv –  behind the Kum and Go, park in the east parking lot and enter through the east doors (by the playground). Take the first right and walk north through the double doors to the first classroom on the right.

Board Member Updates

  • President and Vice President update.
  • Secretary and Treasurer update.

Topics

  • Board of Director Officers Elections – If interested in running, please contact us!
  • The outside consultant will present their findings and action plan for the FOMP organization.
  • Trailer update.
  • Trail nights start next month (6 PM – dark) –  April 14, May 12, June 9, Jul 14, Aug 11, Sept 8, and Oct 13.
  • We will be adding Saturday trail days.

Open Discussion

January 2020 Board of Directors Meeting

January 2020 Board of Directors Meeting

FOMP is pleased to announce our November 2019 Board Meeting

Meeting Time:
Tuesday, January 14th at 7:00 PM

Meeting location

Trinity Lutheran Church, 17750 Knollwood Monument refer to  https://goo.gl/maps/pjVmV8dHSMv –  behind the Kum and Go, park in the east parking lot and enter through the east doors (by the playground). Take the first right and walk north through the double doors to the first classroom on the right.

Board Member Updates

  • President and VP update.
  • Treasure update.

Topics

  • 2020 work.
  • Trailforks updates.
  • Trail leader training.
  • Skills college prep.
  • Board member changes.
  • Seat open- trail leader.
  • New secretary.
  • New grant funding to FOMP.
  • The hiring of an outside consultant

Open Discussion

October 2019 Board of Directors Meeting

October 2019 Board of Directors Meeting

FOMP is pleased to announce our October 2019 Board Meeting

Meeting Time:
Tuesday, February 8th at 7:00 PM

Meeting location

Trinity Lutheran Church, 17750 Knollwood Monument refer to  https://goo.gl/maps/pjVmV8dHSMv –  behind the Kum and Go, park in the east parking lot and enter through the east doors (by playground). Take the first right and walk north through the double doors to the first classroom on the right.

Board Member Updates

  • President and VP update.
  • Secretary update.
  • Treasure update.

Topics

  • Trail pods
  • President and VP meeting with USFS District Ranger and Volunteer Coordinator
  • Positive feedback from trail users
  • No poop angels – remove bags
  • Earbuds use on trails
  • TOSC (Trails & Open Space Coalition)
  • Removal of older signs from trails
  • Adopt a trail
  • 2019 Work Overview
  • 2020 work: how does our front door look
  • Camping and homeless issues – especially Red Rocks parking lot
  • Trailforks updates

Open Discussion

 

Thanks, and we hope to see you there!
FOMP

September 2019 Trail Night

FOMP needs you for this trail work session!

Tuesday, September 10th at 6:00 PM

FOMP is pleased to be holding our sixth monthly volunteer trail work session for 2019!

Please meet at the main parking lot at Mt Herman and Nursery https://goo.gl/maps/rdJuhbbQWEx

Check the website too! http://www.fomp.org

The rest of the info you need: FOMP and USFS provide all the necessary tools. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for performing outdoor landscaping type of work. Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring leather gloves, a hat, a personal water supply, eye protection, sunscreen, and bug repellent. We meet rain or shine unless there is lightning active in the area.

We make every effort to accommodate volunteer preferences and abilities at each event. Generally, we perform activities such as water bar building or renovation, trail renovation, maintenance, and trimming, etc. So, pretty much everything from trimming back scrub oak or digging lots of dirt to moving boulders. We assign duties based on interest and capabilities. Kids are welcome to join their parents; however, we do ask that you evaluate whether this is an appropriate activity for your child or not.

Be aware all participants will need to sign a wavier before than can begin any trail work.

Thanks, and we hope to see you out there!

FOMP

This is the upcoming list of FOMP events through the end of the year. Please come out for our trail work nights and help maintain the trails that we all use and love.  

October 8, 2019

  • FOMP Trail Night
    • Starts: 6:00 PM
    • Ends: 9:00 PM or until dark
    • Location: Mt Herman Trailhead Parking lot – Corner of Mt Herman/Nursery

November 12, 2019

  • Board Meeting
    • Starts: 7:00 PM
    • Ends: 8:00 PM
    • Location: Trinity Lutheran Church, 17750 Knollwood, Monument

August Trail Work Session

FOMP needs you for this trail work session!

Tuesday, August 13th at 6:00 PM

FOMP is pleased to be holding our fifth monthly volunteer trail work session for 2019!

Please meet at the main parking lot at Mt Herman and Nursery https://goo.gl/maps/rdJuhbbQWEx

Check the website too! http://www.fomp.org

The rest of the info you need: FOMP and USFS provide all the necessary tools. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for performing outdoor landscaping type of work. Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring leather gloves, a hat, a personal water supply, eye protection, sunscreen, and bug repellent. We meet rain or shine unless there is lightning active in the area.

We make every effort to accommodate volunteer preferences and abilities at each event. Generally, we perform activities such as water bar building or renovation, trail renovation, maintenance, and trimming, etc. So, pretty much everything from trimming back scrub oak or digging lots of dirt to moving boulders. We assign duties based on interest and capabilities. Kids are welcome to join their parents; however, we do ask that you evaluate whether this is an appropriate activity for your child or not.

Be aware all participants will need to sign a wavier before than can begin any trail work.

Thanks, and we hope to see you out there!

FOMP

This is the upcoming list of FOMP events through the end of the year. Please come out for our trail work nights and help maintain the trails that we all use and love.  

September 10, 2019

  • FOMP Trail Night
    • Starts: 6:00 PM
    • Ends: 9:00 PM or until dark
    • Location: Mt Herman Trailhead Parking lot – Corner of Mt Herman/Nursery

October 8, 2019

  • FOMP Trail Night
    • Starts: 6:00 PM
    • Ends: 9:00 PM or until dark
    • Location: Mt Herman Trailhead Parking lot – Corner of Mt Herman/Nursery

November 12, 2019

  • Board Meeting
    • Starts: 7:00 PM
    • Ends: 8:00 PM
    • Location: Trinity Lutheran Church, 17750 Knollwood, Monument