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
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.
In 2014, we hiked to raise money for the Black Forest Burn Scar. The Black Forest Fire burned 14,280 acres in Black Forest, Colorado. Surpassing the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012, the Black Forest Fire is now the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history. The fire was fully contained June 20th, 2013 with the loss of 486 homes and 2 lives. Though the majority of the land burned was private, approximately 1,200 acres of El Paso County Parks land were affected.
Click here to read about the 2014 Hike-a-thon.