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University Honors and Leadership


Pledging for a cause

​In the UHL program, we aim to become involved in local and community issues that impact our surroundings. Colorado is known for its natural beauty, however in the past years we have taken a beating through forest fires.

In 2013, 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, the hike-a-thon was on September 20th, 2014.
If you have any questions about this project please contact Phyllis Chaney at

University Honors and Leadership Program

Phone: 303-556-5297 • Fax: 303-556-6744

Street Address: 1047 Ninth Street Park • Mailing Address: Campus Box 199, PO Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364


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