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Outdoor Stewardship Institute is the "New COTI"

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Outdoor Stewardship Institute trains
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado crews

Colorado Outdoor Training Initiative (COTI) and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) have merged to create the Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI).

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The Merger

On July 19, 2007, driven by a desire to strengthen training and stewardship services and achieve better economies of scale, members of the Colorado Outdoor Training Initiative (COTI) and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) Boards of Directors approved a corporate merger of the two organizations. The finalized merger plan created the Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI), a program of VOC, and formed the Outdoor Stewardship Institute Advisory Board.

The Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI)

Guided by the Advisory Board, the Outdoor Stewardship Institute will:

Staffing and Advisory Board

The Outdoor Stewardship Institute will be led by a Deputy Director, who will report to the VOC Executive Director, Ann Baker Easley. The OSI Advisory Board will consist of up to twelve members and include a minimum of three seats for federal and state land management agency representatives. Current COTI Board Chairman Kim Frederick will serve as Chair of the Advisory Board who will oversee the direction and future activities of the Outdoor Stewardship Institute. Kim will also serve as member of the VOC Board of Directors. The VOC Board of Directors will be responsible for financial oversight and governance of OSI.

We are sad to announce that Walt Horner, COTI Executive Director, tendered his resignation to the COTI Board of Directors prior to the merger. He will remain in his role and work with the Advisory Board until mid-August, at which time he will need to relocate to Boston, MA for family reasons.

The Benefits

In merging the two organizations, VOC and COTI are poised to increase statewide stewardship capacity by providing volunteer management resources and training and technical assistance to communities, organizations and agencies across Colorado and the country. Benefits for:

Land Managers

Stewardship Organizations


OSI offers new workshops

The popular Trail Crew Leadership course was developed by the Outdoor Stewardship Institute (formerly known as Colorado Outdoor Training Initiative) to grow a larger pool of skilled volunteers for basic trail construction and maintenance. Several states have taken advantage of the partnership between COTI and American Trails to offer the course locally. OSI is currently developing additional courses on other trail-related topics:

For information on the Outdoor Stewardship Institute:
Matt Martinez - OSI, 600 S. Marion Pkwy, Denver, CO 80209 - 303-715-1010 or


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This material is based upon work supported by the Federal Highway Administration under Cooperative Agreement DTFH61-06-H-00023. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Federal Highway Administration.



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