2019 Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Highlights

Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC)


Partnerships — CDTC launched “Faces of the Continental Divide,” an effort to celebrate diversity along the CDT, which engaged over 2,000 people trail wide and 30 participating partners. CDTC partnered with youth groups and diverse programs to help steward the CDT. CDTC engaged with Members of Congress and got Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, Sen. Cory Gardner, and Rep. Joe Neguse out on the trail.


LWCF — CDTC released a second small business survey highlighting the importance of the CDT and Land and Water Conservation Fund protection efforts across the trail. 

Maintenance — CDTC saw a 25% increase in trail adopters and maintainers through its Adopt a Trail Program.


Staffing — CDTC hired its first ever Trail and Lands Conservation Specialist to help ramp up its land protection efforts. USFS hired a Resource Assistant to improve CDT GIS data management.

Strategic Plan — CDTC launched its second strategic planning effort and engaged nearly 1,000 people in the process through online surveys, in person interviews, and a stakeholder summit. The plan will be completed in the winter of 2020 and CDTC will begin to use that plan to chart its growth for the next three years.

Documentation — CDTC continued working on its State of the Trail report. The USFS developed a new website for the CDT with a management toolbox page, which includes a list of best management practices for planning and implementing vegetation treatments along the CDT and guiding principles for management of trail uses on the CDT.