Antelope Valley Conservancy Trails Recreation Committee (AVTREC)
In the 1980s, the Antelope Valley Heritage Foundation merged with the Antelope Valley Trails Council to form the Antelope Valley Trails Recreation and Environment Council (AVTREC).. When AVTREC faced dissolution in 2006, Antelope Valley Conservancy adopted AVTREC as a committee, to continue to serve as a resource for trail advocacy and education. Members of the hiking, equestrian and bicycling communities are encouraged to get involved, to keep the work of the committee robust and relevant, and to continue AVTREC's important work toward a regional system of interconnected multi-use trails.
Preserving Trails. Trails are an essential element in Antelope Valley's quality of life, providing access to nature, recreation, and alternative means of transportation. Trails can't be established after highways, housing developments and commercial centers are in place. Trails must be preserved in advance, and must connect to other trails. There must be a logical plan for staging areas, so trails can be accessed. Trail plans have been adopted by Palmdale, Lancaster, and Los Angeles County, and must be fulfilled by deeded trail easements.
Antelope Valley Conservancy can accept -- and in some cases purchase -- easements to preserve the connectivity of the trail system, often in partnership with Los Angeles County. Property owners who are interested in preserving a trail that crosses their property can contact us at (661) 943-9000. The Conservancy's Trail Policy outlines how the trails will be managed.
- Secured 90 miles of trails from Leona Valley to Acton in the North County Trail System.
- Ensured that over 100 miles of trails were included in Lancaster's General Plan.
- Assisted Palmdale in developing a multi-use and bicycle network that was adopted in its General Plan.
- Assisted the City of Palmdale to garner $415,152 in Prop A funds for the Barrel Springs Trail Project in 1994. This trail is now enhanced by a staging area and arena
- Assisted Los Angeles County in adopting an East -West Regional Trail in the Antelope Valley.
- Improved five miles of the Manzanita Trail in the Angeles National Forest.
- Assisted to develop the staging area and five mile trail at Saddleback Butte State Park and at Barrel Springs Trail in Palmdale.
Photo Credit: Fernando Mader