Received this news this week:
Notice to the Supporters of the Continental Divide Trail Alliance
The Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA) was formed in 1995 to assist
federal land management agencies in the completion, management, and
protection of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (³Trail²). Since
that time, CDTA volunteers have dedicated nearly $5 million worth of labor
while individuals, foundations, and businesses committed more than $14
million. As of 2011, 2,050 miles of the Continental Divide Trail have been
Increasing pressures from development in the West, rising land costs, and
decreases in Federal funding threaten the completion of the Trial. Despite
the strong level of financial support from so many of you, overall
contributions and other revenues in recent years have significantly declined
with the economy. These revenues are the life blood of a non-profit
organizations like the CDTA.
Consequently, the CDTA Board of Directors has made the very difficult and
painful decision to cease operations of the CDTA. The financial condition
of the organization has been unstable and deteriorating for a number of
years. We have not been able to raise the necessary financial resources to
sustain the continued operations of the organization.
We are taking the actions necessary to complete our outstanding contracts
for work on behalf of the Trail. We are retaining the services of our
committed and outstanding staff to meet our current obligations, to the
extent financially possible, as we complete closing down CDTA over the nextfew weeks.
This is a sad day. But the Trail is still here, and it continues to inspire
us all. We are confident this inspiration will lead people to start a new
and stronger organization to continue the work on the Trail.
The Board and dedicated staff of the CDTA would like to thank each and every
one of you for your tremendous commitment and support of the Continental
Divide National Scenic Trail and the CDTA. We are truly humbled by the
selfless actions of so many and hopefully this will inspire another group of
people to continue the mission of CDTA.