Trails alliance, coalition execute agreement
GRAND LAKE — Headwaters Trails Alliance has partnered with the newly formed Continental Divide Trail Coalition to provide advocacy and protection for the Continental Divide Trail located within Grand County, specifically the section that exists within the East Shore Trail in Grand Lake.
“(Headwaters Trails Alliance) and (Continental Divide Trail Coalition) recognize the importance of both congressionally designated resources: the East Shore Trail and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and wish to ensure that both resources maintain the nature and character for which they were created and that management direction for both resources is met to the highest extent possible,” said Teresa Martinez, Continental Divide Trail Coalition Executive Director. “This includes celebrating the importance of having the National Scenic Trail in the Grand Lake Community and the opportunity to provide an important recreational and alternative transportation corridor to a wide range of visitors with the development of the East Shore Trail.”
For over 16 years, Headwaters Trails Alliance has demonstrated active stewardship and contributes a unique resource to support land managers in trail maintenance, community engagement, public education and outreach efforts. Continental Divide Trail Coalition provides a national scope for the National Scenic Trail that builds connections between the local communities along the entire trail corridor, and provides support and assistance to develop the appropriate framework to support long term management.
“We are thrilled to partner with this great organization and take an active role in the oversight of the East Shore Trail and Continental Divide Trail”, said Maura McKnight, Headwaters Trails Alliance Executive Director.
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