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2009 Trail Care Success:

579 VOLUNTEERS contributed 19,354.5 hours caring for The Colorado Trail, an astounding $391,928.63 worth of labor!

Adopt-A-Trail VOLUNTEERS – 204 Adopters plus Helpers gave 1,943.5 hours:

  • Annual maintenance along the entire 486-miles of the CT
  • 58 volunteer Adopters plus helpers, multiple excursions each, reports to the CTF for planning & FS coordination
  • Sawed and cleared 219 fallen trees
  • Cleaned hundreds of water diversions to preserve the tread and limit Trail erosion
  • Improved signs including dozens of new Trail

Trail Crew VOLUNTEERS – 275 Volunteers gave 11,941 hours:

  • Improved The Colorado Trail
  • 14 week-long and 2 weekend Volunteer Trail Crews
  • Constructed .67 mile of new Trail reroute and finished additional Trail reroutes
  • Built 5 new bridges and improved horse crossings
  • Did heavy maintenance, improving 25.25 miles of tread
  • Built or repaired 353 water diversions to limit erosion
  • Improved Trail signage, constructed additional cairns on Cataract Ridge, added confidence markers
  • Removed 47 downed trees in addition to the 219 removed by the Adopters
  • Educated Trail users about the CT and CTF

More VOLUNTEERS on the Board, in Operations, Behind the Scenes and in the Office – 100 volunteers gave 5,470 hours:

  • Provided vision, planning and implementation (volunteer Board Members)
  • Educated Trail users via on-Trail Outreach
  • Scouted and surveyed for 2010 Crew projects, organized and planned logistics for crews and special projects
  • Collaborated with Forest Service personnel on trail work and maintenance, etc.
  • Managed all programs including Trail Crews, Adopt-A-Trail and Education Classes
  • Mailed Tread Lines newsletters and other publications keeping over 7,500 households informed
  • Delivered completion certificates to dozens of completers
  • Reached new potential CT Friends by distributing brochures, coordinating library displays, and giving presentations
  • Refined the food program for volunteer Trail Crews
  • Handled accounting and bookkeeping
  • Delivered thank-you notes to donors and volunteers
  • Partnered with many organizations including the Forest Service, BLM, Colorado Mountain Club, Trails 2000, Continental Divide Trail Alliance and others
  • Maintained the CTF website, keeping current all the valuable public info
  • Registered participants for Trail Crews and Education Classes
  • Planned events including the Friends Picnic, Durango Reception and Holiday Party

Thanks to CTF Volunteers and Donors like you, The Colorado Trail remains one of the nation's premier long distance trails. All this Trail care and preservation of The Colorado Trail was made possible through your help!