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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Parks & Playgrounds, Recreation & Sports, Sports

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.

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Rating: 5

If you climb a fourteener, you should volunteer for or donate to CFI. Every trip up a 14er makes an impact. CFI mitigates that impact with restoration, hiker education and sustainable trailbuilding.