Silver City New Mexico to be First Continental Divide Trail Gateway Community!
Silver City New Mexico to be designated as the First Continental Divide Trail Gateway Community on April 23, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at the Murray Ryan Visitor’s Center.
“We are excited to be the first community along the CDT to receive this designation. Silver City has hosted visitors to the National Forest lands around our community for a long time and we are looking forward to the increased regional, national and international visibility this will bring to Silver City” says George Julian Dworin, Silver City Arts and Cultural District and Tourism Director.
SILVER CITY, NM DESIGNATED THE FIRST CONTINENTAL DIVIDE TRAIL COMMUNITY
Silver City, NM (April 17, 2014) – On April 23, 2014, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC), and town leaders from Silver City NM will hold a ceremony at the Murray Ryan Visitor’s Center celebrating their designation as the first Continental Divide Trail Community with a proclamation signing and speakers including Mayor Mike Morones, CDTC Director Teresa Martinez, Tom Gathman of the 2014 CDT Warrior Hike Team, State Senator Howie Morales, Representatives from Congressman Steve Pearce’s and Senator Tom Udall’s Office, and Senator Martin Heinrich.
The Continental Divide Trail Community designation program is a new program of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition to benefit the Communities along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT). Launched in 2013, this program recognizes communities for their part in promoting awareness of the CDT as an important national and local resource. Towns, counties and communities along the CDTC’s corridor are considered assets by CDT travelers, and many of these towns act as good friends and neighbors to the Trail.
Designation as a Continental Divide Trail Community and participation in the program is aimed to:
· Engage community citizens, Trail visitors and stewards
· Thank communities for their decades of service to hikers
· Act as a catalyst for enhancing sustainable economic development
· Aid local municipalities and regional areas with conservation planning
· Help local community members see the Trail as a resource and asset
“The Continental Divide Trail Coalition is proud to celebrate communities that are helping to protect and promote the Continental Divide Trail,” stated Teresa Martinez, Director of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. “These new partnerships will increase local stewardship of public lands, support community initiatives for sustainable economic development and conservation planning as well as support healthy lifestyles for community citizens.” On April 23, at 4:00 p.m., the designation ceremony will take place at the Murray Ryany Visitor’s Center.
“We are excited to be the first community along the CDT to receive this designation. Silver City has hosted visitors to the National Forest lands around our community for a long time and we are looking forward to the increased regional, national and international visibility this will bring to Silver City” says George Julian Dworin, Silver City Arts and Cultural District and Tourism Director. “The community designation process has brought us together as a community and we look forward to working together with the Coalition to continue to showcase the CDT in and around Silver City.”
Silver City is celebrating their Continental Divide Trail Gateway Community designation and welcoming travelers setting out to hike over 3,000 miles, those who enjoy shorter sections of the CDT as well as local citizens who use the iconic Trail. The ceremony will highlight the importance of Silver City’s designation and highlight the 2014 CDT Warrior Hike team, a group of combat veterans embarking upon a thru hike of the CDT in order to Walk off the War.
About the Continental Divide Trail Coalition
CDTC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and management of CDT. The Continental Divide Trail Coalition mission is to create a community committed to constructing, promoting, and protecting, in perpetuity, the CDT, which stretches from Canada to Mexico, through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. For more information please visit www.continentaldividetrail.org.
About the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail was established by Congress as a National Scenic Trail in 1978. When complete, the CDT will be the most significant trail system in the world. Stretching 3,100 miles along the backbone of America from Canada to Mexico, it accesses some of the most wild and scenic places left in the world while conserving the environment and promoting personal well-being.
Contact: For more information or to schedule an interview, please call: Teresa Martinez, Continental Divide Trail Coalition Tel: 720.340.2382 Fax: 303.828.2949 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.continentaldividetrail.org
George Julian Dworin, Silver City Arts & Cultural District and Tourism Director, Tel. 575-538-5560
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