The CMC Boulder’s 2015 grant to the Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) went toward helping repair the Brainard-Mitchell Trail Connector.
Key information from the WRV Grant Report:
With help from the Boulder group, the WRV was able to continue the next phase of new trail construction at Brainard Lake. The organization coordinated two weekend and one single-day volunteer events, two youth projects, a sawyer project, a carpentry project, two skills trainings, and two extra full-day projects to complete the trail connection between Brainard Lake and the Mitchell trailhead.
With the support from the CMC, the WRV logged 1,989 volunteer hours for the project (valued at $45,886). The grant even made it possible for WRV to engage youth groups like the Knights of Heroes, a group for girls who have lost a parent in the military that logged 248 hours of service and learned environmental education during the process.
The volunteers built over 2,375 ft. of new trail, retrofitted/enhanced more than 2,360 ft. of existing trail, constructed 80 ft. of boardwalk in seasonally wet areas, built three bog-bridge culverts where the trail crosses drainage ditches, replaced 400 ft. of social trail with singular designated trail, and cleared the trail corridor by removing hazardous trees.
The new connector trail is located next to the CMC Brainard Cabin and better connects the cabin to the parking area and Mitchell trailhead. It helps safety issues on the roadway and provides better access to the wilderness.
“We are very grateful for the support and partnership of CMC Boulder to help the Brainard-Mitchell Trail Connector in 2015,” said Sarah Egolf, the WRV development director. “Your financial contribution was leveraged extensively with large federal and state grants that require a match contribution from locals.”