OREM, Utah (AP) — Several environmental groups are working together to shut down unauthorized trails and formalize new ones near a wildlife area in northern Utah.
The Daily Herald reports dozens of volunteers gathered on June 29 at the Timpanogos Wildlife Management Area in Orem to begin rehabilitating parts that have become overrun by unauthorized bike trails in recent years.
Biologists have said urban development threatens habitats in the area used by deer and elk.
Volunteers closed off switchbacks, broke up the soil to help vegetation grow and placed new signs directing people to designated paths.
Some volunteers said they want the area to be sustainable for wildlife and trail users.
The project is expected to take at least a year and will reduce total trail mileage from approximately 40 miles (64.4 kilometers) to 20 (34.2 kilometers).
Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com
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