April 26, 2004
1968 National Trails System Act
The Continental Divide National Scenic
Trail Facts
• 3,100 miles
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FS 2,000 miles
BLM 400 miles
NPS 190 miles
Sta...
CDT Planning and Issues
Vision Statement
Complete the Trail to connect people and
communities to the Continental Divide by
providing scenic, high-...
Project Priorities
• Removing motorized trail use while featuring
significant features along the trail.
• Linking complete...
The Continental Divide Trail Coalition
CDTC Goals
• Preserve the Great Divide’s nationally significant
scenic, historic, natural and cultural features
• Encourag...
Cooperative and Collaborative
Planning and Management
Land Protection Efforts
Trailheads and Signing
Motorized Use
Trail Standards
GIS Data Management
Volunteer Stewardship
Gateway Community Program
Gateway Community Program

What is a Gateway Community?
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A Gateway Community is a community that serves as an entry ...
Gateway Community Program

Short Term Benefits:
•National designation network and communication
•Recognition and visibilit...
Gateway Community Program
Community Leaders and Citizens:
•Do you live in a community connects to CDT?
•Are you seeking vi...
Continental Divide Trail Coalition
www.continentaldividetrail.org
P.O. Box 552
Pine, CO 80470
info@continentaldividetrail....
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A Primer on the History of the CDT

  1. 1. April 26, 2004
  2. 2. 1968 National Trails System Act
  3. 3. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Facts • 3,100 miles – – – – – FS 2,000 miles BLM 400 miles NPS 190 miles State 150 miles 360 miles • 72 % complete
  4. 4. CDT Planning and Issues
  5. 5. Vision Statement Complete the Trail to connect people and communities to the Continental Divide by providing scenic, high-quality, primitive hiking and horseback riding experiences, while preserving the significant natural, historic, and cultural resources along the Trail.
  6. 6. Project Priorities • Removing motorized trail use while featuring significant features along the trail. • Linking completed nonmotorized sections. • Correcting critical resource problems. • Correcting critical safety problems.
  7. 7. The Continental Divide Trail Coalition
  8. 8. CDTC Goals • Preserve the Great Divide’s nationally significant scenic, historic, natural and cultural features • Encourage people to experience the Trail ,while promoting safe and responsible use. • Protect and manage the values, features and experiences critical to the Trail Experience and its surrounding lands.
  9. 9. Cooperative and Collaborative Planning and Management
  10. 10. Land Protection Efforts
  11. 11. Trailheads and Signing
  12. 12. Motorized Use
  13. 13. Trail Standards
  14. 14. GIS Data Management
  15. 15. Volunteer Stewardship
  16. 16. Gateway Community Program
  17. 17. Gateway Community Program What is a Gateway Community? • • • A Gateway Community is a community that serves as an entry point to the CDT A Gateway Community helps promote and protect the CDT. Act as good friends and neighbors to the Trail. Overall Goals of Gateway Community Program: • • • • • Engage community citizens, Trail visitors and stewards Recognize and thank communities for their service to the Trail and Trail Users Act as a catalyst for enhancing sustainable economic development Aid local municipalities and regional areas with conservation planning Help local community members see the Trail as a resource and asset
  18. 18. Gateway Community Program Short Term Benefits: •National designation network and communication •Recognition and visibility through signage, press releases, CDTC website and publications •Enhanced partnerships with public land agencies and volunteers •Support engagement in CDTC Outreach and Education Programs like CDTC Flat Stanley Library Program Long Term Benefits: •Increased community environmental stewardship •Increased sense of place and cultural sustainability •Trail-friendly promotion through CDTC-assisted marketing techniques
  19. 19. Gateway Community Program Community Leaders and Citizens: •Do you live in a community connects to CDT? •Are you seeking viable mechanisms to jump-start economic growth in your community? •Is your community concerned about losing its unique character and special places? •Does your community want a better relationship with the managers of a neighboring public land? Public Land Managers: •Are you interested in improving communications and partnerships with nearby communities? •Are you feeling the pressures of reduced budgets and changes in visitor patterns? •Are you interested in opportunities for improved resource management by addressing adjacent land issues in your surrounding community? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then consider putting together a community team and building a CDT Gateway Community Effort!
  20. 20. Continental Divide Trail Coalition www.continentaldividetrail.org P.O. Box 552 Pine, CO 80470 info@continentaldividetrail.org
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