Incline Friends Donate $10,000 to RMFI

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April 3, 2018 - COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO

We are delighted to announce tha the Incline Friends have awarded RMFI a generous $10,000 grant to support work efforts on Barr Trail in 2018. This donation from the Incline Friends is critical for RMFI to essentially keep working to maintain Barr Trail in 2018. A few months ago, we found out that our funding from the City of Manitou Springs was going to be cut by 60% in 2018. This, of course, comes at a time when use of the Incline and Barr Trail are continuing to increase as is 14er hiking in the state. With Barr Trail being the primary summit route to the top of Pikes Peak as well as the primary artery connecting people from the top of the Incline to the trailhead in Manitou Springs, the lower 3 miles of trail takes a tremendous beating. If anything, maintenance of the trail needs to increase to keep up with the increasing use, not decrease. To help bridge the funding gap, RMFI wrote and submitted several grant proposals, which we are still waiting to hear back on, and the Incline Friends stepped up in a big way and generously offered a $10,000 donation to show their support. Without this support, one of the nation’s greatest trails would suffer. We are so thankful to have such great partners in our community who not only recognize a need, but are willing to come together to address that need and to make a difference.

The donation from the Incline Friends will be used to support several workdays that we have planned on the lower 3 miles of Barr Trail in 2018. Specific work activities will include:

  • Stabilizing the most threatened, heavily eroded, and disturbed sections of the first 3 miles of trail.
  • Re-grading sections of trail and re-establishing an outslope to encourage sheetflow off the trail rather than channelized flow of water down trail.
  • Improving drainage off the trail through water bars and other structures.
  • Constructing retaining walls to stabilize bare slopes and switchbacks.
  • Installing fencing to keep users on the trail.

Work is slated to begin at the end of April with RMFI overseeing 1 week of a Mile High Youth Corps crew. We’ll continue with another week of work in July and then a couple of weeks in October and November. Please stay tuned on our website at www.rmfi.org for the most up-to-date information regarding volunteer workdays and other RMFI happenings.

From left to right: Joe Lavorini, RMFI Program Director; Dave Adair, President of the Incline Friends; Jennifer Peterson, RMFI Executive Director.

To read the article in the Colorado Springs Independent Newspaper, please click here