Massive SOS: Mountaineer Volunteers Needed
Help Mt. Massive This Summer
By Hannah Clark, CFI Volunteer Coordinator
Colorado Fourteener Initiative (CFI) is excited to announce that the 2021 volunteer opportunities are now available for registration! Thank you for your understanding and support in 2020 as we made the tough decision not to provide these opportunities for volunteers. After careful examination of our partner group’s COVID-19 protocols and advice from health experts, we believe we can safely work together outdoors, to protect and preserve the high peaks we all love.
Our main priority is the safety and well-being of our volunteers, staff and community, and we are committed to doing our part to slow the community spread of COVID-19. For this reason, CFI asks that volunteers provide their own food, cooking equipment, mask, and work gloves. If any of these changes deter/prevent you from volunteering with CFI, please let me know. We will have a limited amount of gear available to share.
We’re pleased to offer a variety of projects for you this year, ranging from single-day opportunities on Democrat and Quandary to multi-day excursions in the remote San Juan Mountains. Projects will vary in difficulty, from maintenance near the trailhead to rock work at 14,000 feet.
Additional opportunities will become available for registration on June 1, 2021 and throughout the season. We also encourage you to consider joining a CFI collaborative project working in partnership with other local conservation organizations. Seven additional volunteer projects are scheduled in August and September. Registration for these projects will open in June. Follow the link below to learn more about the locations and dates.
Whether you are a new volunteer or a returning one, thank you for your support. We missed you CFI Volunteers! firstname.lastname@example.org. Colorado Fourteeners Initiative,1511 Washington Ave, Suite 310, Golden, CO 80401.
Mount Massive Multi-Day Project
No other peak in the contiguous 48 states has a greater area above 14,000 ft. and the East slopes dominate the view from Leadville. Each year in Spring, as snow starts to melt, it runs down a fall-line oriented section of trail, taking soil from the tread surface with it. CFI needs the help of seasoned and/or very fit volunteers to help install rock check steps and backwall just below the saddle (13,700-14,200’). After a difficult 5-mile hike-in on Thursday, volunteers will set up camp just below treeline. On Friday and Saturday mornings volunteers will hike 2 miles to the worksite near 14,000 feet to help with rock work. Installing rock steps in this section will slow water and prevent soil loss. Sunday will consist of packing up camp and hiking out.
- When: Thursday, June 24 through Sunday, June 27
- Volunteer: Join the waitlist
- Project type: Backcountry multi-day, trail maintenance
- Food: Due to safety protocols around COVID-19, CFI asks that volunteers plan to bring their own meals and snacks for the duration of the project.
- What to bring: CFI will provide a full packing list of necessary equipment, including your own backpacking gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, etc.).
- What not to bring: CFI will provide all trail tools and PPE necessary for the project.
Sopris Theatre Company presents ‘The Nina Variations’
By Carrie Click, Colorado Mountain College
In its third and final production of the season, Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College will perform “The Nina Variations,” a funny yet heartbreaking homage to Anton Chekhov’s play, “The Seagull.” The theater company will stream the play online at the college’s Spring Valley campus in Glenwood Springs and present nine virtual performances from April 9 through April 25. Written by contemporary playwright Steven Dietz, “The Nina Variations” traps Chekhov’s star-crossed lovers – Nina and Treplev – in a room and doesn’t let them out.
While the play is written for two actors, the playwright encourages companies to use multiple pairs of Ninas and Treplevs, so four sets of actors will perform the two roles. Directed by Brad Moore, the play features Chris Walsh and Jaime Walsh; Brendan T. Cochran and Christina Cappelli; Ciara Morrison and James Steindler; and Joshua Adamson and Bostyn Elswick.
As has been the case with previous performances this season, “Nina Variations” won’t be limited to the Roaring Fork Valley area but will include viewers throughout the CMC district, and farther yet, who can now “go” to the theater virtually and be COVID safe. “The Nina Variations” will stream April 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 at 7 p.m.; and April 11, 18 and 25 at 2 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased via ShowTix4U. Admission is $18 for adults and $13 for seniors and students, as well as CMC employees and graduates. Season ticket holders and CMC Spring Valley students must contact the Sopris Theatre Company’s box office at email@example.com or call 970-947-8177 to arrange tickets for the play.
Forest Service Distributes $193M to Secure Rural Schools
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On Friday, April 2, USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen announced the issuance of more than $193 million to support public schools, roads and other municipal services through the agency’s Secure Rural Schools program. The funding will be delivered as payments to more than 700 eligible counties in 41 states and Puerto Rico.
“The Secure Rural Schools program is one of many ways the Forest Service supports rural communities as a good neighbor,” said Chief Christiansen. “This support is part of USDA’s ongoing commitment to work hand-in-hand with community leaders and to provide vital economic relief to local communities.”
In addition to payments for schools and roads, the Secure Rural Schools program supports Firewise Communities programs, reimburses counties for emergency services on national forests, and funds the development of community wildfire protection plans. he Forest Service retains a portion of the Secure Rural Schools program funds to support projects that improve forest conditions and support jobs in rural communities. Resource advisory committees, made up of local residents representing varied areas of interest and expertise, review and recommend projects that meet their local needs.
Background of Program:
Beginning in 1908, the Secure Rural Schools program allowed the Forest Service to share 25% of its revenues from timber sales, mineral leases, livestock grazing, recreation fees, and other sources with counties in and around national forests. By the 1980s, largely because of diminished timber sales volume, Forest Service revenues from these sources began to decline.
The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 replaced the revenue sharing model with a guaranteed level of payments, giving forest-dependent rural communities a more reliable set of funding, while protecting forest resources that provide clean water, recreation opportunities and other benefits. These payments were most recently reauthorized for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020. Payment amounts are determined by a number of factors set in the law, including acres of federal land within an eligible county, an income adjustment based on the per capita personal income for each county, and the 5% reduction in the overall payments each year. A breakdown of funding by state and county is available on the Forest Service website.
Over the past 10 years, the Forest Service has distributed more than $2.3 billion through the Secure Rural Schools program. To learn more, visit .the website.