The Colorado Trail Foundation

aka CTF   |   Golden, CO   |  www.ColoradoTrail.org

Mission

The CTF builds and maintains the 567-mile hike-, bike- and horse-friendly Colorado Trail with the help of 600 volunteers and 3,000 donors each year. This trail provides multi-day, inspirational, and educational values keyed to the diverse, high mountain, natural environment.

Ruling year info

1987

Principal Officer

Mr. Bill Manning

Main address

710 10th St Rm. 210

Golden, CO 80401 USA

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EIN

84-1057336

NTEE code info

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

1. Trail Crews - Each summer, hundreds of volunteers help with trail maintenance and construction along the length of the CT. They work on appx 12 week-long and 6 weekend crews and contribute an estimated 30,000 hours of volunteer labor annually.

2. Adopt-A-Trail: 56 Adopters each maintain their 5-15 mile section of the CT year round by clearing trees off the CT, building and cleaning water bars and other erosion controls, and maintaining adequate signage.

3. Education Classes - Appx 8 week-long classes are held each summer at the CT cabin near Lake City, CO. College credit is available for some of these classes. Classes include Watercolor, Kids Natural World, Learn Your Wildflowers, Hike and Climb with the Best and Geology of the San Juans.

4. Supported Treks - Supported treks are offered along the CT, allowing participants to hike ~75 mile sections and carry a day pack while their gear and supplies are shuttled for them from camp to camp each day.

Population(s) Served

The Colorado Trail Foundation's Adopt-A-Trail (AAT) Program and Volunteers accomplish annual maintenance on The Colorado Trail. The 78 maintenance sections average 8 miles long each. The program is typically fully subscribed, with an Adopter for each of the 78 sections, helping the CTF to continue preserving The Colorado Trail.

Adopters agree to take responsibility for their section and work on the Trail early each season so trail users find it passable and enjoyable. Adopters are often long-term volunteers and represent a family group, Scout Troop, hiking club, mountain bike group, horse club or simply a group of friends. They remove fallen trees, refurbish waterbars, sign the Trail and report their work and findings to the Foundation.

The CTF supports Adopters with handbooks, tools and by forwarding communications to them from trail users, USFS and other trail maintenance groups. Adopters communicate with fellow volunteers, the AAT Area Coordinators and the AAT Program Coordinator; and submit reports to the CTF and the US Forest Service about trail conditions, accomplishments, and volunteer helpers.

Adopters take on these responsibilities:

• Visiting their section at the beginning & end of the Trail-use season.
• Removing fallen trees and other obstructions on the Trail.
• Maintaining water diversions & correcting minor erosion problems to preserve the tread.
• Assessing & posting signs (signs are furnished by the CTF or USFS)
• Controlling vegetation, pruning, etc.
• Communicating trail maintenance needs beyond the adopter's resources and/or capabilities.
• Reporting to the CTF by designated dates; submitting an AAT report form & liability waivers.

Population(s) Served

Trail Crew Volunteers build and improve The Colorado Trail. Each summer, The Colorado Trail Foundation organizes around 15 volunteer trail work efforts we call Trail Crews. Most are weeklong efforts, plus a few weekend ones, for which volunteers sign up in advance. The CTF provides information about what to bring, what to expect and where to meet, as well as providing the food, group equipment, tools, training and leadership. Volunteers meet at camp and work together to improve The Colorado Trail.

Crews work on major projects that may be too much for an Adopter to handle on their own, such as constructing new trail and building bridges.

Trail Crew volunteers enjoy the outdoors and value giving back to the Trail. They have fun and find it rewarding. They like meeting new people, working on a project together as teammates, and accomplishing the task of improving the Trail. Volunteers enjoy the Colorado Mountains, group meals, good company, and learning.

Population(s) Served

Each summer, the CTF offers several week long supported treks on The Colorado Trail. Participants experience the Trail with guides and the services of the trekking staff.

CTF supported treks may be the most enjoyable way to experience The Colorado Trail. On these multi-day excursions, participants hike 5 days carrying only their day pack and are treated to some of the most spectacular scenery in Colorado. Camping gear is shuttled to the next camp by the trek staff. All meals are provided and have been characterized as gourmet for the backcountry. Trekkers find it so enjoyable that they often return to experience more of the Trail.

Easier than backpacking with all your equipment, the treks are still rigorous with hiking days averaging around 15 miles.

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The Colorado Trail Foundation

Board of directors
as of 12/11/2013
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stephen Staley

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Carol Foster

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Gerald Brown

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Carolyn Burtard

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Ernest Norris

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William Cartwright

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Samuel Davis

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Stephen Staley

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Daniel Cohen

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Larry Eads

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George Miller

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Kenneth Swierenga

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Jack Berryhill

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John Lipe

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Tim Burroughs

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Gudy Gaskill

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