Leave No Trace Ethics for Winter/Spring

by Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Winter is a wonderful time to experience the outdoors. Many find that winter offers solitude, scenic beauty, and a chance to hone outdoor skills. But, with winter use on the rise, users … Continued

Staying in the Loop: Land Policy and What it Means to Coloradans

There’s been a lot of talk around policy and public lands lately. As citizens of Colorado, lovers of the mountains, and seekers of the wild, we’re all concerned with public lands’ protection. Staying informed is one of the best ways to ensure their longevity. With that, here’s a brief on what’s happening in the news and why it matters to Coloradans:

Stewardship Team Year-End Wrap-Up

Throughout the season, the Stewardship Team had the opportunity to lead projects in trail maintenance, construction, and restoration. Many long days were filled crosscutting in the Raggeds Wilderness and San Isabel National Forest, monitoring trail conditions on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, building dams in the Rio Grande Natural Area, gathering trail-use data for the Salida Ranger District, and installing post-and-cable fencing in Badger Flats to close off unsustainable roads.

Why We Do What We Do

Whenever people ask me what my job is, they usually respond with something along the lines of “Wow! That is so cool that you get to spend so much time in the outdoors! I’m so jealous!” And while it is true that being outside for a majority of the time is a definite plus, my position as a member of the CMC Stewardship Team is much more than that: it includes being outside for 10 hours a day in the hot sun with little shade, working with tools that make you sweat and your muscles sore, and trying to push past the thoughts of “What did I get myself into?!”

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