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Category: Conservation

Stewardship Team Year-End Wrap-Up

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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.

Down the Trail with the CMC Stewardship Team and Friends

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by Curtis Beutler CMC Stewardship Team Late August is a special time to be in Colorado’s Alpine regions, cool nights and mornings coupled with fairly consistent weather make for ideal conditions for thru hikers and peak baggers alike. Whether it’s early morning frost on your rainfly or a hint of changing color in the trees, […]

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?!”

The MountainUp Challenge


It’s time for you to MountainUp. The Colorado Mountain Club is helping you harness the power of summer adventure this July and August to benefit outdoor education, conservation and the mountain lifestyle. Choose your own adventure, big or small, and use your inspiring goals, stories and photos to motivate others to sponsor you with monetary […]

Say Hello to the 2016 Stewardship Team!


The Colorado Mountain Club’s Conservation Department is excited to introduce the 2016 Stewardship Team. The Team is an active group of eager and enthusiastic conservation professionals that make informed decisions and impactful measures that directly correlate with some of Colorado’s biggest conservation issues and concerns. The Team also engages the public in volunteer projects which […]

6 Reasons to Support CMC on CO Gives Day


Tuesday, December 8 is Colorado Gives Day, an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Participation has grown every year. Here are six great reasons to support CMC on December 8: Your donation will be “boosted” by a $1.2 million incentive fund! CMC’s Board of Directors has challenged our supporters to raise $25,000 […]

Browns Canyon Designated as National Monument


by CMC Lands Manager Julie Mach Thank you Mr. President! CMC is sending a big shout out to the Obama Administration, former Senator Mark Udall and the thousands of individuals who helped make the Browns Canyon National Monument a reality! The White House announced  Feb. 15 the long-awaited executive action which designates the new monument […]

Our Voice Was Heard: Over-Snow Vehicle Rule Announced


CMC’s Backcountry Snowsports Initiative (BSI) was pleased to see positive changes in the final rule, but now the real work begins. With the national framework in place, winter travel planning now transitions to a local process where land managers will be gathering input and deciding which trails, skin tracks, ridgelines, powder bowls, tree runs, habitat areas and watersheds will be open or closed to OSV use. We need local backcountry experts like you to weigh in on which areas need protection, where conflicts are occurring and how best to manage recreational uses on Colorado’s winter landscapes.