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Continental Divide Trail CoalitionCONNECTING THE COMMUNITY THAT SUPPORTS THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL
InsidePresidents Letter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Accomplishments . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, A .K .A The CDT . . . . 6
Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Feature Hike: The Big Loop . . . . 8
Become a Volunteer . . . . . . . . . . .11
Feature Partner: Headwaters Trail Alliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Volume 1, First Edition
Crowdfunding LaunCh Partytuesday, May 21st
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2Letter from the PresidentCDTC Board of Directors
Josh ShuskoVice President
Don OwenCDTC Board Member
The CDTC is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization
Passages layout and design by Dana Foulks.
Cover image: Glacier National Park, Photo by Kerry Shakarjian
Page 7 photo credits: Chris Burke, Gabriel Pramuk, Jack Haskel, Paul Magnanti, and Remy Levin
The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. This quote by Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu is over 2,500 years old but yet I think it perfectly captures the Continental Divide Coalition, the Trail we serve, and the thousands of recreationists who access the Trail every year. In each instance, our very large goals will be accomplished deed by deed, mile by mile, and person by person.
With this inaugural newsletter, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition is taking its first step to better communicate and coordinate with our supporters and partners. We believe that if we are going to accomplish our vision for the CDT, we are going to need a community of supporters not just behind us passively but right there next to us in partnership, working collaboratively to accomplish our goals. We want to walk down the trail with you and celebrate in the journey with our friends.
We are already doing a lot to outreach to our supporters with almost 2,900 friends on Facebook and multiple daily postings to the social networking site. We have sent a contingent to Washington DC for American Hiking Societys Hike the Hill where we were able to meet with elected representatives and agency leads who hold sway over the budgets and policies effecting the CDT. And in the coming weeks, we plan to formerly announce ourselves to the 25 National Forests, eight BLM Resource Area, three National Parks, and one National Monument the Trail travels through by mailing each recreation lead for the unit an overview of our organization and how we would like to work with them.
We are building our board by outreaching to supporters and leaders for ideas about prospective candidates both close to the Trail and around the country. We believe a National Scenic Trail deserves a board of national significance and we will continue to search for the strongest possible board members for CDTC. We hope to have a board of eight by the end of 2013.
In this newsletter youll learn more about the great work we are doing; from getting ready for the field season, to working with our lead agency partners, to raising funds for the Trail. With each project we take on and each challenge we face there is one common theme YOU! The Trail needs your involvement.
As board president, having participated on my first volunteer crew for the CDT ten years ago this May, I know firsthand that I cant do it all and that our mission will take another generation to accomplish. It is daunting to be sure, but the perseverance, commitment, and professionalism that I have seen from our founding board; the enthusiasm of our volunteers eager to pick up a shovel, write a check, or map the Trail; and the supportiveness of our federal and nonprofit partners has been inspirational and gives me the confidence to say that we can accomplish our goals this year and in years to come.
Bryan Martin, CDTC President
Bryan enjoying his favorite winter past time along the divide in Colorado!
32012 (and a little of 2013) accomplishmentsIts been a busy year for the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. Many of our 2012 accomplishments are activities that will build a strong foundation for our organization, community, and a Trail that, once complete, will not only be built well, but protected for generations to come and accessible for anyone wishing to experience this national landmark! Here are a few highlights wed like to share with you.
Continental divide trail Coalition incorporated and receives 501 (c) (3) statusThe first meetings to discuss the formation of the Coalition took place almost a year ago. After these critical meetings with future partners, Agency Partners, and most importantly Jim Wolf and CDT users, supporters, volunteers CDTCs founding directors, Bryan Martin, Josh Shusko, Kerry Shakarjian, and Teresa Martinez, incorporated the CDTC in the State of Colorado on June 14, 2012. The team began feverishly developing the IRS application for 501 (c) (3) status which was approved on November 19. CDTC then began to gain appropriate recognition in the State of Colorado, and CDTC submitted its first 990 form in March of 2013 and is considered an organization in good standing. Not bad for an organization only 9 months old. This entire effort required lots of hard work and support and CDTC wishes to specifically thank Sol Flax, our SCORE counselor for helping and guiding us through this daunting task and process. In addition, to all of our advisory committee members who reviewed the documents and applications, multiple times in some cases, our progress is a direct result of your efforts. Thank YOU!
CdtC launches its blog, twitter, facebook and websiteAnymore these days, social media is king and the potential to connect to people all around the globe because of these mediums is staggering. CDTC hosts and maintains three social media accounts, and one website. For quick updates about happenings on the Trail or CDTC, please visit our facebook and twitter sites, for more in depth ramblings about major events, please visit our blog, and always check on our website for general trail information and updates, projects CDTC is currently working on, and contacts for many of the resources that may help support your next CDT adventure. Our website also boasts an interactive map that allows you to hone in on your favorite CDT segment and see it with great detail. If you have a story you wish to share, just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please, feel free to share, share, share away! We will continue to build up our website with all the critical information you need to support your next adventure, and welcome any feedback, and hope by the end of the year to be your complete one stop shop for all information CDT related. Stay tuned.
CdtC sponsors a 2013 CdnSt calendar photo contestIn late August 2012, CDTC hosted a Photo Contest to help us develop a 2013 CDNST Calendar. We had over 150 submissions, and selected 14 images for inclusion in the calendar! CDTC wishes to thank everyone, again, for their contributions, and hopes when we launch the 2014 Photo Contest, we will be equally challenged to select just 14 images! Calendars are still available via the CDTC Trail Store.
CdtC hosts national Public Lands day Volunteer trail Maintenance dayCDTC hosted a small volunteer event to do some trail maintenance along the Herman Gulch Trail section in Colorado. Volunteers maintained one mile of Trail cleaning out 7 water bars, installing two grade dips, 20 feet of junk cribbing to define the Trail Tread, and reached over 100 people (and maybe as many dogs) during the day. In total volunteers contributed 20 hours of volunteer labor!
CdtCs holds a visioning sessionIn November, CDTC held a visioning session calling together individuals from our advisory committee to help us craft our mission, vision, and values statements. Guided by our expert facilitator, Cate Bradley, of the National
4Park Services Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, who graciously gave up a day of her time to support the effort, we arrived at a series of statements that we all agreed represented the direction, tone and spirit of the CDTC, and our quickly growing community. We specifically wish to thank Paul (PMags) Magnanti, Lawton (Disco) Grinter, Mike Matzuk, Bill Pollick, Anneliese Ring, Greg Pierce, and Cate Bradley for all your hard work and efforts that day, and since.
hike the hill CdtC goes to dCIn February 2013, CDTC Board members Teresa Martinez, Kerry Shakarjian, and Don Owen, traveled to Washington D.C. to increase awareness of and support for the CDT and introduce our organization to our elected officials, members of the administration, staff at the Department of Interior and Agriculture and with our many conservation organization partners. We participated in American Hiking Societys Hike the Hill Event with our PNTS Partners to ensure voice and desire to keep these precious Trail resources protected and funded was heard! We also attended the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) Board and Leadership Council Meetings, as CDTC Board member Teresa Martinez also sits on PNTS Board of Directors.
Collaborative Landscape ProposalOne of our key messages in DC was raising awareness and support for the Collaborative Landscape Proposal (CLP) which commits 60 Million dollars of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to a myriad of land acquisition projects across the entire National Trails System. CDTC participated in the CLP Project from its i