Frances E. Boulding

Back Country Trail and Resource Evaluation Specialist

Frances E. Boulding focuses on sustainable trail construction and comprehensive land management. She specializes in backcountry masonry and steep slope/ high altitude trail construction.  She has worked for Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, managing remote highly technical trail projects in the Weminuche Wilderness. In addition to alpine work she has built trails in the foothills and desert environments.

Frances also has a background in Geographic Information Systems. She is in the process of publishing GIS research on the feasibility of wolf re-introduction to southern Colorado. She has also worked in Namibia assisting various land management and protected area establishment efforts. She strives to create comprehensive land management plans that bridge the gap between policy, research and design with on the ground implementation. Frances believes trail design is a valuable tool in land management; especially, when accessibility to magnificent places fosters stewardship.

Education
Bachelor of Geography with a concentration in GIS and Wildlife Biology, University of Vermont, 2009.

Relevant Projects
Ken Caryl Open Space, Park Ranger, Littleton, CO
Built a reroute for a mountain biking trail with large radius switchbacks. Maintained 14+ miles of mixed use trail system. Performed routine Forestry for Pine Beetle and Fire management.

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, Technical Adviser for Trail Construction and Restoration on Windom Peak Durango, CO
Managed fourteen people ten miles into a wilderness area from a train only access trailhead. Built reroutes on the heavy use, badly eroded trail to three popular 14ers. High angle, high altitude trail construction with extensive backcountry masonry (stairs on bedrock, retaining walls, monowalls, backwall tiling, and switchbacks.)

Wolf Reintroduction Feasibility Study, La Plata County, CO
Used GIS data sets to identify suitable seasonal wolf habitat and proximity to livestock ranches in order to determine where to focus mitigation efforts if wolves are reintroduced to the county.

Kunene Regional Ecological Assessment, Namibia.
Assisted research for KREA, a collaborative study by Round River Conservation for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism aimed at identifying resources and developing a protected corridor between Etosha and Skeleton Coast National Parks. Integrated human welfare with wildlife and resource protection.

Planning, design and implementation of greenway, trail and open space projects