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Friends of Lake Isabel Trail Project Finally Finds the Top of the Pile
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A family enjoys fishing at Lake Isabel with the rutted rough path showing in the background.
 
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Kurt Beller when he was collecting signatures for the petition to launch Friends of Lake Isabel Trail.
 
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Lake Isabel Trail showing signs of washing and sharp lean toward the water, making it non-accessible for the handicapped.
 
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A little over three years ago Kurt and Carly Beller noticed how the trail around Lake Isabel had deteriorated into a rough, muddy, almost impassable rut. While they were saddened by the condition which discouraged a lot of people from taking the lovely trail; they were even more upset to realize people needing handicap access were simply having to give up and go elsewhere due to the poor trail conditions.

The concerned couple started checking into what would be required to get the trail hard-surfaced with concrete and have better wheelchair access. They contacted the US Forest Service to see if any repair plan was in the works or if they had any objections to an upgrade/repair project being started. From the very first conversation with the US Forest Service employees, they were told the project would have to have public support in order to be considered. Although they had never done anything like this before, the Bellers jumped right in and began circulating petitions for signatures of people supporting a better trail around Lake Isabel. They created a group called Friends of Lake Isabel Trail and set up a Facebook Page to help make people aware of their project and stay informed with updates. They sent out “Letters of Support” to organizations that might have an interest or understand the need for the project, ordered some signs and banners, and rapidly collected the required 600 signatures that were needed to submit the project to the US Forest Service.

Kurt reports, “The project is totally do-able. The amount of concrete needed is minuscule compared to other public projects. The trail is approximately one mile long, and a six-foot path would be 31,680 square feet of concrete. That’s not a lot in the construction world.”

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