of our themes this year is preservation of our forests. Colorado is known for
its natural beauty, however in the past years we have taken a beating through
Last year, we hiked to raise money for the Hayman Burn area. In a tragic case of
arson in the Hayman Burn area in 2002, the fire burned over 137,000 acres and consumed 600 residential
structures. The final firefighting cost was $40 million. The Hayman Burn also
deeply affected the ecology of the state as well. The burn severely impacted
the water source for close to 75% of the state’s population. Many researchers
also are beginning to believe that the extreme dryness brought on by the fire
has also caused extreme weather conditions, such as tornados.
This year, UHL will continue the cause and participate in a hike-a-thon in the spring.