Group looking for stewards of Colo. 14ers

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A group that works to protect Colorado’s highest peaks is looking for a few good stewards to help.

The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative is seeking volunteers to spend time on the 54 mountains higher than 14,000 feet – called 14ers – to give tips to other hikers about lessening their impact on the environment.

The group estimates that 500,000 people try to climb or hike at least one 14er every summer. Volunteers in the Peak Steward Program provide information about ways to avoid damaging the fragile high-altitude environments.

Volunteers are trained in environmental education, alpine ecology, mountain safety and U.S. Forest Service regulations.

Training is planned 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

- Associated Press