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UPDATESWhat we've been doing

  • The Perspective Inspired by Chicago Basin  – October 25, 2013

    “Each landscape allows or inhibits perspective, and that creates the culture.”                                                   -archaeologist, Tom Windes I am sitting outside the basecamp tent, watching the rabbits … Read More >>

  • Colorado College Project Brings Back the Memories  – October 11, 2013

    It seems every time I go on trail I get asked how I landed in my position. Did you study forestry? How many years of … Read More >>

  • The Deal on Volunteer Vacations  – October 4, 2013

    A group from the American Hiking Society volunteered on the North Maroon Peak restoration project one week this summer. Each of the five participants came … Read More >>

  • Find Your Rome  – September 30, 2013

    Rome wasn’t built in a day. The mountain is Rome. We are simply building a wall around it to keep it standing. We are not … Read More >>

Restore

Once a sustainable summit route has been constructed, Colorado Fourteeners Initiative crews stabilize and restore unplanned, user-created hiking routes that are usually badly eroded and damaging to sensitive native vegetation.Rocks are placed in the trail at regular intervals to stabilize the slope and catch silt-laden runoff. Precious alpine soils—which can take 1,000 years per inch to create—are transported from nearby areas to restore the natural contours of the surrounding slope. Plugs of native plants and grasses are transplanted into the old trail to colonize restoration efforts. The most resilient native plants are used so that they have the greatest chance of surviving the transplant process. Finally, native seeds are dispersed on the closed trail to further the recovery of native plants. Since alpine plants take 10- to 1,000-times longer to regrow than plants growing at lower altitudes, these restoration efforts can take many years before damaged areas are restored to their natural condition.