Year in review – Continental Divide Trail Coalition

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition sent its thanks and New Year’s greetings to all its supporters. Here’s what they accomplished together over the last 12 months:

  • We’ve supported 160 volunteers, who contributed 1,444 volunteer days of work on the Continental Divide Trail, valued at $264,000 
  • We’ve built three new miles of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, and maintained hundreds more
  • We’ve launched three new Gateway Communities in New Mexico:  Silver City, Cuba, and Chama in New Mexico 
  • We’ve provided logistical support as partners with Walk Off The War for six combat veterans who thru-hiked the Continental Divide Trail this year as they transitioned from military service to civilian life.
  • We’ve managed all of the GIS data for the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail for the USDA Forest Service.
  • We’ve worked with agency partners and others to address water issues along the Trail in New Mexico.
  • We’ve “Hiked the Hill” in Washington, and spoke up for protection of the remaining unprotected sections of the 3,100-mile Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.
  • We have become the national voice of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. We’ve represented you in hundreds of different venues, and spoken up for the protection and proper management of the Trail.
  • We’ve reached out to and met more than 3,000 people face-to-face, through presentations, awards, and events.  And, we’ve upped our presence on-line, with nearly 6,000 Facebook likes and 350,000 visits to our website.
  • We’ve expanded our Board of Directors, all of whom pay their own way, out of their own pockets, and then give more besides. We now have a diverse, creative, and strong eight-member Board, and dozens more advisors and helpers who chip in at a moment’s notice.
  • We’ve leveraged contributions from you and many others, into hundreds of thousands of dollars in on-the-ground Trail construction projects.
  • We’ve gained hundreds of new supporters, and we’ve spread the work far and wide about the wonders of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.