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Volunteers needed for Continental Divide Scenic Trail in Grand Lake

Sky-Hi News Staff Report

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) announced the start of the 2016 volunteer season, providing opportunities to become part of a legendary project. Ranging from the desert of New Mexico to the mountains of Glacier National Park in Montana, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) is a 3,100 mile-long pathway through some of the most amazing landscapes in America.

In many sections, however, the CDT is incomplete or in need of repair, and each year hundreds of volunteers dedicate their time to building and constructing trail while making new friends and giving back to our public lands.

In Grand Lake

Arapaho-Roosevelt NF-East Shore Trailhead – Volunteers are needed for basic trail maintenance, reconstruction, brushing and tread repair. The East Shore Trail is a 4.5 mile loop easily accessible from Grand Lake. This project is suitable for all skill levels.

CDTC Volunteers receive:

• Tools and food

• Safety training

• Trail construction training

In 2015, volunteers donated 14,600 hours towards the completion and maintenance of the CDT with their labor valued at $340,000. In addition to organizing and supporting volunteers in the field, CDTC leverages the small amount of federal funding provided with private and corporate donations. In 2015, CDTC brought in more than $200,000 in total financial support for the trail, with much of the funding going to the volunteer stewardship program.

To learn more about CDTC’s volunteer program, please visit continentaldividetrail.org and click “Get Involved.” Contact: Chad Angell, Continental Divide Trail Coalition, cangell@continentaldividetrail.org

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