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The CMC has been on the leading edge of resource management since founding members Enos Mills and James Grafton Rogers began their quest to designate Rocky Mountain National Park.  Today, we build upon their legacy by providing STEWARDSHIP to lands we love.  The CMC STEWARDSHIP program completes this important work through Volunteer Projects, Technical Teams, and Climate Teams

 

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS

The CMC performs volunteer STEWARDSHIP projects in every part of the state, from the Maroon Bells to Canon City, and everywhere in between.  We completeTRAIL maintenance, ecological RESTORATION, FENCING, campsite REHABILITATION, and route INVENTORY, just to name a few.  Every August, we operate a special ECO-GO stewardship trip that is a 5-7 day pack-supported backcountry trip.  Spots for this fill up quickly, so contact the CMC to get your name down now!  Projects are put on by the State office and a number of CMC groups.  All projects are posted on the CMC Calendar and this page.  Project SCHEDULES are usually finalized each spring.  In 2013, over 600 VOLUNTEERS contributed more than 5,800 HOURS of service. Click here for the full 2013 stewardship report or view our Project Photos on Flickr. 

For more INFORMATION, contact the Stewardship Coordinator at: stewardship@cmc.org, or 303-996-2768.

 

TECHNICAL TEAMS & CLIMATE TEAMS

Technical and Climate Teams are made up of three recent graduates from Colorado COLLEGES and universities within the Natural Resources sector.  Team members are employed with CMC for 10 months, during which time they complete 2 months of training, 6 months of field work, and 2 months of office work.  Members are HIGHLY TRAINED in outdoor professionalism and are skilled in all tasks from leading and managing volunteer projects to performing scientific monitoring.  Training is TAILORED to project work.

TECHNICAL Teams complement existing programs (such as youth outdoor programs and conservation corps) and function as the final step into land management careers.  Teams are designed to fit UNMET agency needs, provide solutions for overarching land management ISSUES, and LEVERAGE current resources to increase agency CAPACITY.  Teams are organized into "TRACKS" such as Recreation Management, Ecological Restoration, or Wildlife Management.

CLIMATE Teams are part of the Land Department's CLIMATE 2.0 program.  The CLIMATE 2.0 program partners with ski areas, municipalities, and local businesses to off-set ski hill vehicle travel in the interest of  maintaining microclimatic conditions in ski towns and ensuring snow sustainability for the future.  In one six-month work season, each CMC CLIMATE Team works independently and manages bi-weekly volunteer project to plant and maintain 8.400 TREES, which will annually sequester roughly 420,000 pounds of CARBON (depending on specific species planted, planting distance, and seedling mortality).

To learn about sponsoring a Technical or Climate Team, contact Heather MacSlarrow, Lands Director, at: heathermacslarrow@cmc.org or (303) 996-2768.

To learn about becoming a Technical or Climate Team member, contact Todd Loubsky, Stewardship Coordinator, at: toddloubsky@cmc.org or (303) 996-2768.