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Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative

Park County, Colorado

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Preserving & Enhancing the Mosquito Range

Whether resident or visitor, MRHI was organized by and for those who are passionate about the beauty and fragility of our Mosquito Range mountain resources.

Our mission: The Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative, through cooperative efforts, seeks to conserve unique natural areas, preserve historic & cultural sites, promote diverse recreation and develop community business opportunities.

Our Continental Divide study area spans the Mosquito Range Mountains north to south from Hoosier Pass to Weston Pass, and east to west from the Middle Fork of the South Platte River to the Park County line.

Whether the issue involves access to 14ers (14,000+ foot mountains), preserving sensitive wetlands, rebuilding a well-worn trail or saving a historic mining structure, MRHI is there. These precious resources are the reason we live here…and the incentive for worldwide travelers to select this as their destination.

MRHI Creates Scholarship Opportunity In Honor of JoAnn Dufty
MRHI pays tribute to JoAnn Dufty (1931-2013), an amazingly talented and passionate woman whose interests in the environment have made a lasting impression in Colorado.

A great supporter of MRHI, Mrs. Dufty was born in Pennsylvania and graduated from Carnegie Tech. She moved to Boulder with her husband, Robert Dufty, where she was involved in many philanthropic activities, including serving on the Boulder Parks and Open Spaces Advisory Board and the League of Women Voters Board. Mrs. Dufty played a crucial role in designating the Switzerland Trail as a National Historic Trail (the first of its kind in the United States), and served as the coordinator for the Rock Creek Coal Trail.

After retiring and moving to Summit County in 1998, Mrs. Dufty continued to be active as a member of the Continental Divide Land Trust Board and later as an Emeritus Board Member, a volunteer Land Steward for McCullough Gulch Open Space, and a volunteer guide for the Over The Hill Gang at Breckenridge and Keystone. Mrs. Dufty was an avid outdoor enthusiast, whose interests included skiing and hiking. She was also a gifted artist, creating many illustrations for the Continental Divide Land Trust’s publications.

In honor of Mrs. Dufty, her family and MRHI worked together to establish a scholarship opportunity for South Park High School seniors: the JoAnn Dufty Memorial Scholarship Fund. Thanks to a generous donation from Mrs. Dufty’s daughter Kim, one student annually will receive an award of $1000 towards their college tuition. In the spirit of Mrs. Dufty, the qualifications of the scholarship recipient should reflect Mrs. Dufty’s character: an artist, explorer, and fanatic. The application is available on the MRHI website each spring and through the South Park High School office.

Additional donations are strongly encouraged to honor Mrs. Dufty and continue to benefit local students for many years to come. Send your donation to MRHI, PO Box 375, Alma, CO 80420 and clearly mark it JoAnn Dufty Memorial Scholarship Fund. Contact with any questions.

MRHI and Wildland Restoration Volunteers pose for a moment at the Beaver Ridge Restoration Project Summer 2015. Our thanks to all for the dedicated effort.

MRHI’s 2016 Calendars are now available! Support your local nonprofit and enjoy beautiful photos of the Mosquito Range all year long from local photographers. Calendars are just $10 and available on our website, at MRHI’s booth at Railroad Day, the Moonwalk, and the Fairplay Holiday Bazaar, or at any of the following locations:

Alma Coffee House
Alma Town Hall
Coyote Creek Art Gallery
Fairplay Town Hall
High Alpine Sports
Java Moose
South Park Ranger District