Mission: Colorado Fourteeners Initiative preserves and protects the natural integrity of Colorado's 54+ 14,000-foot peaks through active stewardship and public education.
Results: *Built 31 sustainably designed, durably constructed summit routes on 28 14er peaks *Bought private mining claims atop Mount Shavano to provide public access and facilitate planning/construction of a new summit trail *Inventoried 42 summit trails and noted the need for $24 million in needed trail improvements *Estimated there were 260,000 hiker use days on the 14ers in 2015 generating $70.5 million in statewide economic impact *Engaged 13,471 days of volunteer trail stewardship through 2016 *Made 112,197 on-mountain educational contacts with 14er hikers *Produced more than 40 educational YouTube videos about 14er issues
Target demographics: preserve and protect the natural integrity of Colorado's 54 14,000-foot peaks through active stewardship and public education
Direct beneficiaries per year: Recruit and train 794 individual volunteers who put in a combined 1,566 days of volunteer trail stewardship
Geographic areas served: Colorado
Programs: construction of new summit routes, maintenance of existing summit trails, restoration and revegetation of damaged alpine tundra ecosystems and education of 14er hikers in Leave No Trace minimum-impact techniques.