Colorado Mountain Club was one of six organizations recognized with U.S. Forest Service Volunteers & Service Awards for 2018.

The club received the Leadership Award April 22 at the Forest Service building in Salida.

“CMC has been providing volunteer stewardship projects for over 30-plus years. Their leadership is critical to the effectiveness of volunteerism and service on the Leadville and Salida ranger districts,” the announcement of the award stated.

“It’s nice to be recognized for the work we’re doing,” Julie Mach, club conservation director, said.

She said it was cool to highlight work the group is doing in Chaffee County and throughout the state.

Colorado Mountain Club is a statewide organization, but all of its conservation staff is based in Chaffee County, Mach said.

They partner with a number of local organizations, including Salida Mountain Trails, the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association and Friends of Fourmile.

Ben Lara of the Salida Ranger District nominated the club.

Four local organizations were nominated for Forest Service awards. The others were Southwest Conservation Corps in the Cultural Diversity category, the Colorado Trail Foundation in the Enduring Service category and Central Colorado Mountain Riders in the Citizen Stewardship & Partnerships category.

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