Above photo: Babs Sanders, BCTC; Helen Hankins, Arizona State Deputy Director for the Bureau of Land Management; Linda Slay, Bob Cothern and Sonia Overholser of the BCTC; Henri Bisson, National Deputy Director of the Bureau of Land Management.
Black Canyon Trail Coalition, Arizona
Since 1969, BLM-Phoenix has been developing the Black Canyon Trail as a hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trail system in the Bradshaw Mountain foothills of central Arizona. In 2004, volunteers organized the Black Canyon Trail Coalition (BCTC), a non-profit alliance of equestrian, mountain bicycling, hiking, and off-highway vehicle (OHV) organizations, to take up the cause of creating a world-class trail experience in a natural desert mountain setting. Over the course of the 2007 trail-building season alone, BCTC volunteers constructed 2.5 miles of new single-track trail, using hand tools, in only fifteen workdays. This new construction, which connected to the main alignment of the trail in December, represents completion of fifty percent of the non-motorized trails in the system. Among many other contributions, Coalition volunteers also surveyed, staked, designed, and constructed the Black Canyon City Trailhead, and coordinated with several administrative entities to link with other non-motorized trails. In its short tenure as an organization, the Coalition has been awarded a 2006 “Take Pride in America” award, as well as a local award from the Black Canyon Fire Department, which noted that the Coalition’s “energy and spirit of selfless volunteerism closely parallel those of the volunteer firefighters of the department.”