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Stewardship Crew hard at work Thoughts from Matt Stevens, CMC Board President

Starting in 1912, charter members of the Colorado Mountain Club worked tirelessly to help establish Rocky Mountain National Park. Their success marked the beginning of CMC's conservation legacy to protect backcountry mountain landscapes in Colorado. I wonder if those founding members could have ever pictured over 35,000 hikers summit Mt. Bierstadt in a single year.

As Colorado's population continues to grow and the summer weather encourages our next big outdoor pursuits, we must consider the lands and wild places on which we recreate. Our trail infrastructure is being stressed beyond its capacity. This usage is not sustainable, and it takes dedicated individuals and organizations to ensure that Colorado stays as idyllic for the next generation as it was for the charter members in 1912. 

It is our responsibility as recreationists to mitigate impacts, create sustainable infrastructure, restore habitats, and commit time and resources to protect the lanscapes where we play. Each year, CMC Conservation and Stewardship crews are your behind-the-scenes advocates and boots on the ground doing the work to keep the trails safe and maintained. We are giving back to the lands that you all love so much. In 2018 alone, we:

  • Removed 224 downed trees along trails

  • Constructed 1,836 feet of fencing to protect sensitive habitats

  • Engaged over 300 grassroots advocates who sent 532 emails & comments to public officials advocating for public lands campaigns

This work cannot and does not happen without you. I am asking you to invest in the Colorado Mountain Club — let us steward the lands together so we all can continue to get outside and explore all that Colorado has to offer. With your financial commitment, CMC can protect more of our beautiful state. Will you join us in conserving Colorado for future generations?

With sincerity and gratitude, your Board President,

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Matt Stevens

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Impact of our Conservation & Stewardship Work in 2018

Advocacy for Public Lands


In 2018, the Colorado Mountain Club communicated 11 Action Alerts to our members. That lead to nearly 330 advocates to send over 530 emails and comments to our public officials to protect public lands and our recreation spaces. CMC also helped in 15 campaigns at the local, state, and national levels. 

With your support, we can continue to be your behind-the-scenes advocates to make even more sustainable change. 

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Keeping Trails Safe & Maintained


In 2018 CMC Stewardship crews put in nearly 1700 hours doing an inventory of 49 miles of trails, putting in 355 waypoints, constructing new trails, building 1,836 feet of fence to protect senstive habitats, installing 22 signs, and removing 224 downed trees along trails. 

Those are BIG numbers, but we are thinking even bigger! With your investment helps us conserve and protect even more of Colorado for future generations.

Photo by Scott Anderson

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The Colorado Mountain Club's Summit Society honors the dedication of individuals who are passionate about the Club's history and are committed to investing in future generations of CMC members and Club programming. When you join the Summit Society, you enable the CMC to pursue our vision for a greater Colorado, where all Coloradans can recreate responsibly on our public lands.

Supporting the Colorado Mountain Club through the Summit Society is the simplest and most effective way to contribute to the rich legacy of your fellow members, and ensure that future generations are able to enjoy Colorado in all its splendor.


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