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[cdt-l] Trailfest and Uniting ALong the Divide
Ginny and CDT list subscribers: Bruce Ward here from the CDTA. We felt the
Uniting Along the Divide II effort and TrailFest were extremely successful
on many levels. Perhaps your dissatisfaction with our previous effort was due
to a lack of understanding of what we are trying to do and how we are going
Our organization has set a goal of completing the CDT by the year 2008, the
30th anniversary of the trail's designation. In order to attain that goal we
first had to know, to the degree possible, the present condition of the Trail
and estimated cost to do the work necessary. The first Uniting Along the
Divide effort utilized over 500 volunteers and enabled us to put together a
detailed ten year plan and an approximate cost of $27million to complete it.
We have successfully utilized that plan to prioritize projects, raise funds
from individuals, private foundations and the federal government as well as
increase the land management agencies' emphasis on the trail.
Uniting Along the Divide II utilized a similar number of volunteers and
helped us to assess the trail corridor - -the reason the trail was
designated; the significant natural, historic, cultural and geologic
features along the trail. We believe this information will help us protect
those precious aspects of the trail experience.
We do our best to help thru hikers, but I believe it is important to
recognize that the Trail is for all Americans (and our visitors) and that as
important as the best experience possible for thru-hikers is, the thousands
of others who utilize the trail's component segments from Canada to Mexico
deserve a trail that addresses their needs also.
We appreciate your interest in the CDT and look forward to hearing more from
you and the other thruhikers who are trying to provide contructive input into
the completion of this national treasure. God bless America and best wishes
in your future trail experiences.
Continental Divide Trail Alliance
PO Box 628 Pine, CO 80470
Phone: (303) 838-3760
Fax: (303) 838-3960