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2022 CDT Small Business Survey

As a connector of landscapes, communities, and cultures, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) provides a setting for community members, decision makers, conservationists, outdoor enthusiasts, and everyone connected to the lands and waters of the Divide, to come together to discuss how to steward the vital natural, cultural, and historic resources found across its entirety. With this report, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition hopes to highlight the role of the cooperative stewardship model in the management of the CDT, what we accomplished in 2021, and what we are looking forward to in 2022.

by Continental Divide Trail Coalition

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The mission of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) is to complete, promote, and protect the CDT. With a growing trail community which includes 19 designated CDT Gateway Communities and over 2500 active members, CDTC is re-imagining the future of cooperative landscape stewardship, building strong partnerships with diverse communities, and supporting access to the enjoyment and economic benefits provided by the lands and waters along the Divide.

From August to December 2021, CDTC surveyed 136 small business owners in 38 communities located along the Continental Divide Trail to learn more about how the CDT impacts their businesses, the local economy, and their support for public lands. 90% of all respondents believe protecting, promoting, and enhancing public lands is important to the well-being of businesses, jobs, and their community’s economy.

CDTC celebrates its 10th anniversary in May 2022. To learn more about CDTC and events highlighting 10 years of trail stewardship, you can visit:

Published March 2022

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CDTC has four pillars of focus: stewardship of the Trail, promotion of the Trail, building a strong Trail community, and building an organization with sound governance. These pillars guide our long-term direction as well as our day-to-day efforts to complete, promote, and protect the CDT.

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