Bruce and Paula Ward resign as co-executive directors of the CDTA - SNEWS

Bruce and Paula Ward resign as co-executive directors of the CDTA

The Board of Directors of the Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA) has decided to accept with regret the resignation of our Co- Executive Directors, Bruce and Paula Ward, effective April 4, 2008. At the request of the Board of Directors, and with the agreement of the Wards, the Wards will remain consultants to the CDTA during a transition period.
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The Board of Directors of the Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA) has decided to accept with regret the resignation of our Co- Executive Directors, Bruce and Paula Ward, effective April 4, 2008. At the request of the Board of Directors, and with the agreement of the Wards, the Wards will remain consultants to the CDTA during a transition period.

The Board of Directors is deeply appreciative of Bruce and Paula's many years of service to CDTA and we look forward to their continuing involvement in the National and Colorado trail community. As founding directors of the CDTA, Bruce and Paula have been extraordinary leaders in the development and growth of the organization and in the construction of the nation's King of Trails.

Bruce and Paula have served CDTA with distinction and extraordinary energy for the last 13 years. They have been tireless in their partnership efforts with public land managers in managing the construction of the Continental Divide Trail, a 3,100-mile long non-motorized public backcountry trail from Canada to Mexico. Their commitment and drive has inspired nearly 10,000 volunteers from across America to help plan, construct and maintain the Trail. They have been directly responsible for building the CDTA organization, hiring and training a tremendous staff and developing important youth and other volunteer programs to help sustain the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) in the future. Their passion for CDTA, our mission and the Trail remains unwavering.

Among their long list of accomplishments:
oCreated a strategic completion plan outlining the needs, costs and methods to complete the Trail
oCoordinated two end-to-end surveys of the entire 3,100 mile Trail to document the status and nationally significant features critical to the Trail with the assistance of one thousand volunteers, federal land managers and dozens of corporate supporters
oCreated a CDT specific youth corps program to engage young people in conservation
oDeveloped a nationally acclaimed volunteer program on the CDT
oSecured $23 million in support for the Trail from generous sources including Fausel Foundation, REI, Coleman, Woolrich, Vasque, Outside Magazine, Quabaug/Vibram, National Forest Foundation, Gates Family Foundation, and thousands of individual donors, members and volunteers
oDeveloped bi-partisan support from legislators at the local, state and federal levels
oUnited thousands of diverse stakeholders by building mutually beneficial relationships and gave meaning to the term "The Trail Unites Us"
oEstablished and maintained the vision for a non-motorized Trail
oRecognized with numerous national and regional awards for their work on the Trail, including Take Pride in America National Non-profit award
oIncreased national awareness and support through thousands of articles, documentaries and presentations across the country

The Board will appoint a search committee for the Wards' replacement at its May 16, 2008 Board meeting. A formal announcement of the position is expected to be posted after that date.

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