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Recreational Trails Program Achievement Awards

Continental Divide Trail Alliance Youth Corps

Youth crews have built over 75 miles of new trail in rugged environments along the Continental Divide.

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Project sponsor: Continental Divide Trail Alliance

Award Category: Youth Conservation/Service Corps

Congressional District: Mark Udall (D-2-CO), John Salazar (D-3-CO), Doug Lamborn (R-5-CO), Steve Pearce (R-2-NM), Tom Udall (D-3-NM) and Barbara Cubin (R-At Large-WY)

Senators: Wayne Allard (R-CO), Ken Salazar (D-CO), Pete Domenici (R-NM), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Craig Thomas (R-WY) and Michael Enzi (R-WY)

2007 Annual Achievement Award winner: for trail projects funded through the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration. Awarded by the Coalition for Recreation Trails.

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Since the creation of the Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA) Youth Corps, crews have constructed over 75 miles of new trail in some of the most rugged and extreme environments along the Continental Divide. Their experiences living and working in places such as the Wind River Range in Wyoming, the high country of Colorado and the high deserts and mesa country in New Mexico have been shared with over 4,800 people in the form of public presentations and slide shows.

With RTP awards from three states in 2006, the CDTA Youth Corps utilized thousands of volunteer hours to construct and improve miles of trail along the Continental Divide.

In Colorado, the CDTA Youth Corps utilized 1,811 volunteer days to complete the four projects listed in the 2006 RTP grant, constructing 14.75 miles of new trail. CDTA Youth Corps in New Mexico coordinated 48 volunteers across five projects in the Burro Mountains and Aspen Mountain areas and utilized four weeks of Youth Corps crew work in the Burro Mountains, completing 4.67 miles of the CDT. In Wyoming, CDTA Youth Corps and volunteers in partnership with the Bridger Teton National Forest used 1,200 volunteer hours to complete seven miles of major trail reconstruction, with an additional 312 volunteer hours to construct an 80-foot turnpike and improvements on three miles of trail. Also in Wyoming, CDTA volunteers contributed 612 hours of labor to replace a 100' turnpike, construct a 5' bog bridge and build drainage structures over a one-mile stretch.

For more information:

Bruce Ward, Continental Divide Trail Alliance, PO Box 628, Pine, CO 80470; 303-838-3760

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