My work this past summer was directly funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Another crewmember and I cleared and rehabilitated approximately 75 miles of non-motorized trail in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico, including sections of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.
This work had not received funding for a number of years due to the climate in our nations capital.
Next year the program will be expanded to include contract crews also funded by ARRA.
There is a strong and burgeoning energy among volunteer organizations as well to support the wilderness ethic and accessibility to public lands for sustainable use.