$45,000 grant to jump-start planning for Waldo Canyon Trail restoration

Five and a half years after a devastating wildfire followed by floods and mudslides, Jennifer Peterson can deliver some good news about the Waldo Canyon Trail.

The Rocky Mountain Field Institute received a $45,000 planning grant for the trail and canyon from Colorado Parks and Wildlife State Trails Program, Peterson, the nonprofit's executive director, announced Friday.

"Because of the hard work of so many (since the Waldo Canyon fire), we can begin to look toward the future of the entire Waldo Canyon area to provide new opportunities for outdoor recreation and public access," she said.

Full article in the Gazette here

RMFI coordinating public planning for Waldo Canyon

The Rocky Mountain Field Institute has been awarded a $45,000 planning grant from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Great Outdoors Colorado to coordinate an 18-month public planning process for the Waldo Canyon Trail and the entire Waldo Canyon area, RMFI announced on March 9.

Public meetings start in the fall to discuss trail design and layout for the Waldo Canyon Trail, possible new trailhead locations, trail connectivity options, dispersed camping options and other issues. RMFI will work with the Trails and Open Space Coalition and the U.S. Forest Service on the planning process.

The work is needed due to damage caused by the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, which started in the canyon and spread into the city, ultimately burning roughly 18,000 acres and destroying 347 homes.

Full article here in the Colorado Springs Independent here.