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WBV Gives Back: $300 and Volunteer Work for the Continental Divide Trail

There are many exciting developments occurring in Anaconda right now. Every month, I seem to hear about a new business starting up, or I meet another wonderful family that has moved to town. In small communities like ours, every one of those instances is important; and when all of the stars align with the right person, the right project, and the right time, the resulting impact can be monumental.

I recently heard about a project that fits that description and I am very excited to support. This year, WBV is giving a $300 year end donation to the efforts of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC). More specifically those dollars will be used toward the Field Training Program they plan to host for Trail Adopters in Anaconda in 2021.

Photo by Kathy York. Courtesy of CDTC.

If you aren't already aware, the Continental Divide Trail is a landmark trail that spans 3,100 miles and is considered one of the greatest long-distance trails in the world. Every year approximately 150 people attempt to thru-hike the entire CDT (from Southern New Mexico to Northern Montana) in one hiking season; and on a more ongoing basis, the trail provides a variety of recreational activities to hundreds of thousands of people each year.

The CDT runs RIGHT through our Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness; and because Anaconda has been deemed a "Gateway Community" to the CDT, the thru-hikers stop into our town along their exciting journey. Over the summer months they breathe youth, passion, and ambition into our downtown streets; and they spend money at our local businesses. They are here because we are a Gateway Community. And as a Gateway Community, it is our responsibility to give back by assisting with trail maintenance.

There are 7 sections of the CDT open for adoption in our region. Those 7 sections total 29 miles of trail between Pintler Pass and Goat Flat. Each stunning portion of the trail represents everythin