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We had a great day with our partners at Backpacker's Pantry, ORTOVOX, and Deuter and a few volunteers helping install major drainage channels along the CDT in the Herman Gulch Area. A huge thanks to everyone from coming out and for the fun happy hour following our work.

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More proof there is/are Jaguar(s) in southern Arizona and maybe even southern New Mexico. ... See MoreSee Less

The Center for Biological Diversity released new video today of a wild jaguar in the United States. The footage, captured by a remote-sensor camera in the Chiricahua Mountains in Arizona, offers a stunning glimpse of the jaguar recently named “Sombra” by students at Paulo Freire Freedom School - University Campus in Tucson. The rosette spot patterns on the cat suggest this is the same individual photographed by the Bureau of Land Management in the Dos Cabezas Mountains in November 2016. According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department the jaguar in the photo is a male. The footage contains audio. This footage is available for media use by request by emailing CenterVideos@BiologicalDiversity.org Additional footage from the same remote camera also shows bears, a mountain lion, deer and a coati sharing the same habitat with Sombra. Since 2015, three wild jaguars have been spotted in Arizona: El Jefe, Yo'oko and Sombra. Since 1996 wild jaguars have appeared in nine different mountain ranges in Arizona and two mountain ranges in New Mexico. In March 2014 — as a result of legal action by the Center for Biological Diversity — jaguars received 764,207 acres of critical habitat in Arizona and New Mexico. Jaguars have always roamed the U.S. Southwest but were nearly driven to extinction in the 20th century. One of the greatest single threats to jaguar recovery in the United States is the proposed expansion of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, which would destroy the big cats' ancient migration paths. Footage by Russ McSpadden / Center for Biological Diversity

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Join CDTC, Headwaters Trail Alliance, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and the Sulphur Ranger District in a one day Trail Maintenance Workshop for prospective CDT Adopters.

Participants will learn basic trail assessment, maintenance, and construction techniques in a combined classroom and field setting. New and experienced volunteers are encouraged to attend, learn new skills, and share ideas. This workshop is open to all current and prospective CDT Volunteers and is required training for CDT Adopters in the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest.

Sign Up Today: continentaldividetrail.org/volunteer/
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Trail Adopter Training

October 14, 2017, 9:00am - October 14, 2017, 4:00pm

Join CDTC, Headwaters Trail Alliance, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and the Sulphur Ranger District in a one day Trail Maintenance Workshop for prospective CDT Adopters. Participants will learn basic trail assessment, maintenance, and construction techniques in a combined classroom and field setting. New and experienced volunteers are encouraged to attend, learn new skills, and share ideas. This workshop is open to all current and prospective CDT Volunteers and is required training for CDT Adopters in the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest. Sign Up Today: continentaldividetrail.org/volunteer/

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CDTC is partnering with Headwaters Trail Alliance to provide this project for Volunteers. The project is approximately a third of a mile walk from the Trailhead with little to no elevation gain. Volunteers will be rebuilding a puncheon bridge that has degraded and is no longer structurally sound. Puncheon bridges are used to elevate the tread above wet areas where drainage is not feasible. Typically the walking surface is parallel to the direction of the trail and the support structures (sills) rest directly on the ground.

Elevation: 10,070 ft
Level of Diffuculty: Moderate

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continentaldividetrail.org/volunteer/
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Junco Cabin - Arapaho-Roosevelt NF

October 12, 2017, 9:00pm - October 13, 2017, 4:00pm

CDTC is partnering with Headwaters Trail Alliance to provide this project for Volunteers. The project is approximately a third of a mile walk from the Trailhead with little to no elevation gain. Volunteers will be rebuilding a puncheon bridge that has degraded and is no longer structurally sound. Puncheon bridges are used to elevate the tread above wet areas where drainage is not feasible. Typically the walking surface is parallel to the direction of the trail and the support structures (sills) rest directly on the ground. Elevation: 10,070 ft Level of Diffuculty: Moderate Sign Up at: continentaldividetrail.org/volunteer/

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Fire closure in MOntana:
These are the trail segments that are closed for Scalp Creek:
North Wall Trail # 174 (north of the Trail #132 junction)
Open Creek trail #116 (entire)
North Fork Sun River Trail # 110 (north of the Trail #108 junction)
Wrong Reek Trail #117 between the trail #108 junction and Washboard Reef)
Wrong Ridge Lookout Trail #187 (entire)
Monroe Creek Trail #188 (entire)
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Join us on Friday, September 22 for a great opportunity to work in the scenic Herman Gulch area with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, Backpacker's Pantry and Deuter. Volunteers will work along the existing CDT along the Herman Gulch area to address drainage and other trail maintenance issues. There will be a nice happy hour following the event to thank Volunteers.

Sign Up at:
continentaldividetrail.org/volunteer/

Project Details:
Meeting Time and Place: 9am Herman Gulch Trailhead: Exit 218 I-70.

Directions to Meeting Place: From Denver take I 70 to exit 218 turn right at the off ramp and immediately into the trailhead parking area.

Land Agency Contact: Ralph Brandt (USFS) Volunteers contact Morgan Anderson, CDTC Field Coordinator at (303) 996-2759.

Vehicle Requirements: 2WD to meeting site and trailheads.

Elevation: 9800 feet to 11,000 feet

Weather: Prepare for possibility of rain, snowstorms and cold weather. Check forecast prior to arrival and plan accordingly.

Hiking Distance: 1.5-4 miles, depending on project needs
Work Difficulty: Moderate. Light hiking with daypacks at higher elevation.

Nearest Town: Georgetown, CO

What’s Provided: Tools, project materials, qualified 1st aid personnel, safety equipment

Food and Water: You are responsible for bringing lunch and water. Crew leaders will provide extra water if necessary. Light refereshments will be provided at end of day.

What to Bring: Please bring your personal gear for a day hike. Please wear long pants, long sleeve shirt and layers for changing weather conditions. Please bring sunscreen, and any other items you will need to be comfortable for the day

Schedule
Friday September 22, 2017
9:00 am Meet at Trailhead. Brief overview of the project(s) and safety meeting.
9:30 am Travel to trailhead
10:00 am-3:00 pm Trail work
3:00 pm Return to Trailhead for Happy Hour.


*Schedules are flexible and dependant on the condition and energy level of the volunteers. Frequent breaks are encouraged. CDTC encourages volunteers to work within their limitations and take care of themselves during the project. Please check the weather in your project area prior to leaving for the project and pack accordingly.

Project Sites: 25 people

To sign up, please contact us at volunteer@continentaldividetrail.org

Project Maps: See attached maps for project location.
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Herman Gulch- National Public Lands Day event

September 22, 2017, 9:00am - September 22, 2017, 3:00pm

Join us on Friday, September 22 for a great opportunity to work in the scenic Herman Gulch area with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, Backpacker's Pantry and Deuter. Volunteers will work along the existing CDT along the Herman Gulch area to address drainage and other trail maintenance issues. There will be a nice happy hour following the event to thank Volunteers. Sign Up at: continentaldividetrail.org/volunteer/ Project Details: Meeting Time and Place: 9am Herman Gulch Trailhead: Exit 218 I-70. Directions to Meeting Place: From Denver take I 70 to exit 218 turn right at the off ramp and immediately into the trailhead parking area. Land Agency Contact: Ralph Brandt (USFS) Volunteers contact Morgan Anderson, CDTC Field Coordinator at (303) 996-2759. Vehicle Requirements: 2WD to meeting site and trailheads. Elevation: 9800 feet to 11,000 feet Weather: Prepare for possibility of rain, snowstorms and cold weather. Check forecast prior to arrival and plan accordingly. Hiking Distance: 1.5-4 miles, depending on project needs Work Difficulty: Moderate. Light hiking with daypacks at higher elevation. Nearest Town: Georgetown, CO What’s Provided: Tools, project materials, qualified 1st aid personnel, safety equipment Food and Water: You are responsible for bringing lunch and water. Crew leaders will provide extra water if necessary. Light refereshments will be provided at end of day. What to Bring: Please bring your personal gear for a day hike. Please wear long pants, long sleeve shirt and layers for changing weather conditions. Please bring sunscreen, and any other items you will need to be comfortable for the day Schedule Friday September 22, 2017 9:00 am Meet at Trailhead. Brief overview of the project(s) and safety meeting. 9:30 am Travel to trailhead 10:00 am-3:00 pm Trail work 3:00 pm Return to Trailhead for Happy Hour. *Schedules are flexible and dependant on the condition and energy level of the volunteers. Frequent breaks are encouraged. CDTC encourages volunteers to work within their limitations and take care of themselves during the project. Please check the weather in your project area prior to leaving for the project and pack accordingly. Project Sites: 25 people To sign up, please contact us at volunteer@continentaldividetrail.org Project Maps: See attached maps for project location.

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