Rocky Mountain Field Institute has led several major restoration initiatives in the region, as well as worked to mitigating recreation impacts in popular parks and open spaces used by The APEX, such as Palmer Park. If you’ve enjoyed riding in the region, you’ve probably seen their work.
Originally founded in 1982 as American Mountain Foundation (AMF), RMFI was established to provide funding for international climbing expeditions. By the mid-80s, AMF Executive Director, climber and mountaineer, Mark Hesse had noticed the environmentally degrading impacts of climbers and other recreationists. He feared these beautiful and treasured landscapes were at risk of losing the very characteristics that drew people to them. In 1997, AMF became the Rocky Mountain Field Institute to encompass a broader conservation and stewardship focus. Today the mission is to conserve and protect public lands in Southern Colorado through volunteer-based trail and restoration projects, environmental education, and restoration research. 40 years and countless awards later, RMFI is one of the longest standing outdoor stewardship groups in Colorado.
Be sure to watch this awesome video and click here to learn more about their work.