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2018 Conservation Grants Awarded

October 10, 2018

https_cdn.evbuc.comimages435032251043267115071originalWe’re happy to announce that we awarded two Conservation Grants to improve the outdoors in our backyard! Both of these grants were for trail stewardship work.

$1500 went to the Boulder Climbing Community, which was used by their Front Range Climbing Stewards program to improve access to the “Nip and Tuck” climbing area. This area receives a lot of use for traditional and toprope climbing and was threatened by severe erosion. Our Boulder Mountaineering School uses Nip and Tuck for Basic Rock School instruction, so we’re especially grateful for this work.

$2500 was awarded to Wilderness Restoration Volunteers for extensive heavy maintenance on the Long Lake—Lake Isabelle—Pawnee Pass trail corridor. Trail work was done by Wilderness Restoration Volunteers along with youth corps to to ensure safe, sustainable recreation opportunities for hikers and winter ski/snowshoe users.  This work is especially significant to the CMC Boulder Group because of it’s proximity to the Brainard Cabin.

Both of these grants leveraged their value with volunteer work and matching funds. Thanks to all for your CMC Boulder Group membership which supports our Conservation Grants!


Call For Conservation Grant Proposals

March 7, 2018

The Boulder Group of the CMC has $6000 to award to outside organizations this year for conservation efforts including trail stewardship! Grant proposals are due on 4/30/18, and applicants will be notified by 5/28. More details about our Conservation Grant Process and Applications are on our website. Questions can be directed to

Upcoming Conservation and Trail Stewardship

March 7, 2018

Spring is just around the corner, and nearby trail work opportunities are starting to pop up (as well as invasive weeds!). National trails day this year is June 2, and it’s just one of many great days to give back to the outdoors. A couple of local organizations that have already announced 2018 trail work are highlighted below, along with a few of their local springtime projects. Please visit their websites for more information.

Front Range Climbing Stewards:

  • Apr 2 – 26: Gregory Canyon
  • Apr 30 – May 10: Boulder Canyon (Nip & Tuck)
  • May 14 – Jun 7: Upper Dream Canyon
  • Jun 11 – Jun 21: Third Flatiron

Wilderness Restoration Volunteers

  • Mar 24, Apr 2, Apr 22: Apple Valley Stream Restoration
  • Mar 31, Apr 10, Apr 28, May 8: Myrtle Spurge Purge
  • Apr 28: Family Project at Sombrero Marsh
  • May 16: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal
  • May 19, June 6: Mediterranean Sage Removal
  • June 2: Beaver Book Trail – National Trails Day
  • June 16-17: RMNP Habitat Restoration

Conservation Grants Revived

January 2, 2018

This month, the Boulder Group Council approved $6000 in Conservation Grants for 2018! We historically made such grants in the past, but suspended them in 2017 due to budget constraints. We’re especially happy to help other organizations who can leverage our grants with matching funds and volunteers to do things such as sustainable trail building and repair to improve the local outdoor recreation experience while protecting our natural resources. We have a committee of 3 Council members who will solicit and evaluate grant applications.

In other Conservation news, we will be more active in promoting and publicizing trail building opportunities in 2018 as they become available starting in spring. Please stay tuned to the Compass or the Colorado Mountain Club Boulder Group facebook page if you’d like to participate. Thanks!

2017 Annual Dinner

January 2, 2018

The annual dinner on November 4th was well-attended by about 80 members and guests! So well attended, in fact, that we ran short on entrees but perhaps made up for that with dessert, merriment, and drink. Pete Birkeland led the night as emcee, sharing some good stories which evoked fond memories from many of the long term CMC Boulder members in attendance. Alan Apt, our featured speaker, gave an interesting talk and demo of ski and snowshoe equipment and presented extensive slide show of Ski and Snowshoe Routes in Colorado’s Front Range.

During the business meeting, we elected the following 2017-18 CMC Boulder Group Council. I’m happy to report that all but one of our 2016-17 council members are returning. New council members are listed in bold.

  • Chairperson: Gary Johnston, to be succeeded by Lori Barkus 3/1/18
  • Vice Chair: Lori Barkus, to be succeeded by Ryan Bennick 3/1/18
  • Treasurer: Jason Kintzel
  • Secretary: Kahle Toothill
  • Past Chair: Rick Casey
  • Marketing Chair: Carrie Simon
  • Outings Chair: Jill Yarger
  • Cabins Chair: Jason Kintzel
  • Conservation Chair: Gary Johnston
  • Boulder Mountaineering School Director (Winter): Cindy Gagnon
  • At Large members: Chris Bamat, Ryan Bennick, Steve Blazo

We do still currently have 2 vacancies on the Council, Safety Chairperson and Boulder Mountaineering School Director (Spring/Summer/Fall). If you’d like to help out with either of those, please contact

Aside from the Council activities, the “New & Prospective Member Overviews” that we hold bi-monthly are an important part of our operations. Ben Feinstein and Chris Bamat have teamed up to conduct these overviews going forward. The next will be on Feb 6, and you can find out more on our meetup page.

Thanks to all who came to the dinner, and a big thanks to volunteers who have made and continue to make the CMC Boulder group a vital organization as we enter our 99th year! I’d like to acknowledge Lori Barkus in particular for stepping up as future Chairperson. Thank you Lori!annual_dinner_2017