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The Continental Divide Trail gains new protectors

Infographic/Photo Essay - August 06, 2012 by Emily Guerin

At 3,100 miles, the Continental Divide Trail is the most rugged and least used of the country's three major long-distance hiking trails. In January, when financial troubles forced the Continental Divide Trail Alliance to close its doors, it also became the only long-distance trail without a formal advocacy group. Since then, nonprofits throughout the Rockies have scrambled to continue protecting private lands around the trail from development, coordinate maintenance and raise awareness of the route. In early July, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, a group founded by ex-Alliance staffers,  became the trail's new voice. The coalition will focus on protecting and promoting the CDT, leaving the expensive and time-consuming work of maintenance to state groups, says co-founder Teresa Martinez.

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Shannon Freix
Shannon Freix
Aug 07, 2012 10:49 AM
Glad to see some coverage about the longest mountain trail in the West featured by HCN. Keep in mind that projects are going strong in Montana and Idaho. When CDTA shut down, Montana Wilderness Association didn't miss a beat and we need YOU to help keep our work going. The CDT Montana volunteer program has its own site: www.cdtmontana.org. Register, donate and keep the momentum going!
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