The Crested Butte Conservation Corps (CBCC) is CBMBA's summer trail and stewardship crew. They work on all kinds of trails--from wilderness to motorized trails and everything in between. They clear deadfall, clean trash from the backcountry, clean up human waste from trailheads, hang signs and do other outreach at trailheads, decommission illegal trails and campsites, mitigate erosion and water damage on trails, and generally work to steward the land, educate users, and maintain trails so that they will be sustainable into perpetuity.
In its inaugural year, 2017, the CBCC pulled out 705.5 pounds of trash from the backcountry, plus multiple toilets, recliners, and a grill. They cut out over 534 downed trees. They personally contacted 1311 people, and saw an estimated 4 to 5 times that amount. This contact consisted of answering questions, giving out trail information, helping park cars at busy trailheads, education about trail etiquette, and working alongside other users (such as ranchers, nonprofits, and private landowners) to facilitate positive co-existence on our trails and in the forest. Their work has continued into 2018, working on over 100 miles of trail, extracting hundreds of pounds of trash and human excrement, and clearing hundreds of downed trees.
CBMBA galvanizes over 300 volunteers a year who put in 2500+ hours of service to build and maintain trails around Crested Butte at work days throughout the summer. The work days range from a few hours after work on a weekday, to a full blown work weekend campout. Volunteers use hand-tools to cut in new trails, build rock reinforcements, manage water and erosion issues, build bridges, improve trailheads, and accomplish various other tasks that help ensure the sustainability of the trail and the quality of the user experience. CBMBA celebrates our volunteers by making work days festive: each one ends with a meal, a giveaway of goods from our sponsors, and socializing. They are fun, community days when people from across many sectors of life come together to share in giving back to this place we call home.
In 2019, we had 135 volunteers for our Overnight Work Weekend, where in two days we built 1 mile of new trail by hand. Throughout the summer we had 150 volunteers show up at various smaller workdays. In the last 10 years CBMBA, working with our partners, has built dozens of new trails around CB, all by hand, almost all by volunteers. These trails augment the recreational opportunities around Crested Butte, benefiting local residents and visitors alike, by improving quality of life, allowing sustainable access to public lands, and creating a sustainable recreation-based economic driver.
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In addition to CBMBA's regular trail work days, in 2018 CBMBA launched the Women's Work Force (WWF) to encourage women's involvement in the trails and mountain biking community. In its inaugural year, the WWF hosted 3 women's specific trail work days, 1 social event, and 1 educational event. Many women mountain bike and use the trails, but they are not well represented in leadership in the mountain bike industry. CBMBA is striving to create equal representation in our club, on our board, and at our events, with the WWF as a program to encourage women's involvement and build community among women trail users.
In 2019 65 women participated in 1 social event, 1 educational event, and 3 trail work days. They showed great enthusiasm for the new programs, with volunteers taking on leadership roles to organize events, run events, and brainstorm new initiatives for the future.