Hundreds of Volunteers Needed to Complete the 'King of Trails'

The Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA) is seeking hundreds of volunteers willing to sacrifice either a few days or a week to help to complete the national treasure that stretches from Canada to Mexico, the Continental Divide Trail (CDT).
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Pine, Colo. – The Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA) is seeking hundreds of volunteers willing to sacrifice either a few days or a week to help to complete the national treasure that stretches from Canada to Mexico, the Continental Divide Trail (CDT).

“We're looking for people who enjoy activities like digging new trail and moving rocks of various shapes and sizes,” said CDTA's Director of Vounteer Programs, Susan Westhoff. “It's a great chance to meet new friends, enjoy spectacular scenery, have a one-of-a-kind outdoor adventure and participate in one of the largest conservation projects in the nation's history.”

Since its inception in 1995, the CDTA's ambitious volunteer trail building program has put more than 8,500 volunteers on the ground. This year, nearly 60 projects are planned in all five CDT states, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico, at elevations ranging from 4,000 feet to 13,000 feet.

Running from Canada to Mexico along the backbone of America, the 3,100 mile-long Continental Divide Trail will be the most significant trail system in the world when complete. Building the trail mile-by-mile, CDTA volunteers have made enormous progress, but much work remains to be done. Last year, volunteers logged 31,225 hours valued at $563,255 of volunteer labor. Often hiking miles through the backcountry to a project site, volunteers build new tread, repair eroded and damaged sections of Trail, and construct bridges and trailheads.

Volunteers of all skill levels and backgrounds are needed to build and repair trail, scout planned routes, or serve as Crew Chefs (cooks). No prior experience is necessary. While some projects require backcountry experience, many offer vehicle accessible campsites. Meals are provided on about half of our projects. Though the work can be challenging, CDTA Crew Leaders ensure that everyone has a fun and rewarding experience.

This year's trail projects range from the New Mexico desert to the high peaks of the Colorado Rockies to the majestic scenery of Glacier National Park. The 2007 CDTA Volunteer Program offers backcountry adventure, a way to give back, and a chance to be a part of history as the CDTA builds momentum to complete this national treasure.

To learn more about this year's volunteer opportunities or to download a copy of the 2007 Volunteer Guide, go to www.cdtrail.org/getinvolved . For more information on this program or for a free copy of the 2007 Volunteer Guide or, please call (888) 909-CDTA or email volunteer@cdtrail.org .
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The Continental Divide Trail was established by Congress as a National Scenic Trail in 1978. When complete, the “King of Trails” will be the most significant trail system in the world. Stretching 3,100 miles along the backbone of America from Canada to Mexico, it accesses some of the most wild and scenic places left in the world while conserving the environment and promoting personal well being.

Since 1995, the Continental Divide Trail Alliance has played a central role toward the completion, management and protection of the Trail and it is the voice for unity in the diverse story of the Trail.

For more information about the Continental Divide Trail, call (303) 838-3760 or toll-free 1-888-909-CDTA (2382). Or visit www.cdtrail.org .

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