Saturday, October 5, 2013
By Sheridan Block
Following another successful year of the Alpine Ranger, supporters met at Silverton Town Hall on Tuesday to discuss how to build and maintain support as well as improve the program in the coming years.
What started as a four-county effort between Ouray, San Miguel, San Juan and Hinsdale counties has expanded to a growing partnership with public land agencies, state parks, backcountry clubs and rental and tour companies among many others.
The major topic of discussion was the issue of funding to continue to keep the program moving forward. The Alpine Rangers serve as "ambassadors" for the backcountry, promoting safe use of trails and vehicles along the Alpine Loop. However, in order to maintain itself, the program is seeking more funding to keep going.