Sen. Mark Udall (left) assists young conservation corps members with trail repair.
Credit: Sen. Mark Udall, flickr.
Sen. Udall assisted the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and Colorado Fourteeners Initiative on the project, which will help stabilize areas adjacent to a trail on Mt. Bierstadt, one of the most popular of Colorado’s “14ers” (peaks reaching at least 14,000 feet in elevation). It is located in the western half of Mt. Evans Wilderness, not far from Denver.
"Coloradans understand that we don't inherit the earth from our parents — we borrow it from our children. As we mark the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act this year, I urge all Coloradans to reflect upon how our public lands and wilderness areas support our special way of life," said Sen. Udall. "When we safeguard these special places — like the work the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and other youth corps are doing across our state — we ensure our wilderness areas will continue to thrive for generations to come and support jobs in the process."
Sen. Udall poses with corps members and a "Fifty for the 50th" patch.
By the time the Corps’ work on Mt. Bierstadt is done, members will have devoted more than 2,240 ‘man hours’ to it along about 3.5 miles of beautiful alpine landscape. But the initiative to improve access to great outdoor experiences goes well beyond Colorado.
This project is just one of 50 conservation projects launched in June by The Wilderness Society and the Partnership of the 21st Century Conservation Corps to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which gave Americans a tool to protect the country’s last best wild places for generations to come. The so-called “Fifty for the 50th” projects will build and restore miles of trails; clear habitat of invasive species; make acres of local green spaces more accessible for communities; and engage scores of young people and veterans in protecting America’s greatest treasures.