The Continental Divide Trail recently received $1.2 million in special funding as part of the President’s budget for the U.S. Forest Service for 2007, thanks to members of Congress from Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.
Use of the funds by the Forest Service, National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management will be based on high-level priorities along the 3,100-mile trail from Canada to Mexico. Special emphasis will be placed on projects that involve volunteers and private sector support.
The Continental Divide Trail was established by Congress as a National Scenic Trail in 1978.
When complete, the “King of Trails” will be the most significant trail system in the world. Stretching along the backbone of the continent from Canada to Mexico, it accesses some of the most wild and scenic places left in the world while conserving the environment and promoting personal well being.