• trails that PWV maintains 250+ miles
  • total value of PWV hours to USFS since 1996 $4,000,000+
  • PWV volunteer hours for 2014 26,900+ hours
  • PWV has no paid staff 100% Volunteer
  • ages from 18-80 260 Active Members
  • designated Wilderness that PWV cares for 159,000+ acres

PWV is comprised of about 320 individuals who live primarily in northern Colorado and who range in age from 18 to 80 years old. Our volunteers represent nearly every imaginable background and all walks of life. The group consists of retirees as well as people still actively working in such fields as medicine, education, public and private administration and business.

Read more: Who We Are

The mission of Poudre Wilderness Volunteers is to assist the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the United States Forest Service in managing and protecting wilderness and backcountry areas within its jurisdiction. To achieve this mission, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers recruits, trains, equips and fields citizen volunteers to serve as wilderness rangers and hosts for the purpose of educating the public, and provides other appropriate support to these wild areas.

In 1995, a volunteer ranger for the USFS, Charles Bell, who patrolled the trails of what is now the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, became extremely worried about the cuts to the ranger district’s budget over the previous three years – from 3 full-time persons and 30 seasonal employees down to just 1 full-time person and 2 part-timers to look after its extensive backcountry and wilderness areas.

Read more: Poudre Wilderness Volunteers at a Glance

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Gerry, Jeff, Holly, Bob, Margaret, Kevin, Wendy, Janet, Alan, Jim
Not Pictured: Judy, Shannon, Mike, Celia
Margaret Shaklee (Chair)
Alan Meyer (Most Recent Past Chair)
Open (Chair Elect)
Bob Meyer (Treasurer)
Janet Caille (Secretary)
Kevin Cannon (USFS Liaison)
Gerry Cashman
Jeff Dean
Jim Greuel
Judy Jacks
Shannon Keigan
Wendy Nicastle
Mike Reynolds
Celia Walker
Holly Young
Fred Allen
Chuck Bell
Dave Cantrell
Mike Corbin
Jan Creager
Sandy Erskine
Nancy Flippin
Jerry Hanley
Bob Hansen
Bob Manuel
Meg Parmer
Jacques Rieux
Karl Riters
Jim Shaklee
Mike Smith
Mark Snyder
Cheri Van Ackern
Garin Vandemark
George Wallace
Lori Wiles
Adopt-A-Highway - Holly Young
Adopt-A-Trail - Mark Snyder
Affiliation Gatherings - Bob Hansen
Annual Calendar on PWV Website - Chair-Elect
Annual Report - Most Recent Past Chair
Content Coordination - Mike Corbin
Endowment Fund - Jerry Hanley
Field Guide - Mike Corbin
Finance - Bob Meyer
Fund Development - Shannon Keigan
Hospitality - Jan Creager
Inventory - Elaine Green
Kick-off Night - Linda Reiter
Kids in Nature - Jeanne Corbin
LNT Trainer Training - Bob Manuel & Jim Greuel
Member Recognition - Sandy Erskine
Mentoring Program - Dale Grit & Ken Klopfenstein
Office Crew - Nancy Hicks & Liz Manes-Ruhl
Off-Trail Management - Position Vacant
Organization Handbook - Mike Corbin
Patrol Scheduling & Reporting Website - USFS
Patrol Scheduling - Bob Hansen
Photography & Video - Karl Riters
Poudre Trails Newsletter - Daryl Smith & Beth Keller
Publications - Position Vacant
Recruiting & Public Outreach - Celia Walker
Recertification - (Open)
Restoration - Mike Corbin & Mark Snyder
Spring Training, 2017 - Mike Corbin
Stock Patrol - Sandy Erskine
Supplemental Training - Laurie Landolt & Jackie Picard
Surveys & Evaluations - Jim & Nancy Casadevall
Trail Crew - Bob Manuel
Trail Patrolling - Jeanne Corbin
Uniforms - Jean Routon
Web Team - Karl Riters
Weed Crew - Jim Shaklee
Year-End Event & Annual Meeting - Current Chair & Chair-Elect

All 2016 PWV New Members are scheduled to do two Mentor Patrols after Spring Training. The Mentors are seasoned PWV member who provide field experience for New Membes on patrol trails to practice what PWV does when on patorol, reinforce the patrol training provided at Spring Training and assure that the New Members feel comfortable in doing future patrols on their own. The 2016 Mentors are pictured in the two photos below.

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Front row seated L to R: Phil Gramling, Janet Carabello, Jeanne Corbin
Front row standing: Linda R., Margaret Shaklee, David Bye, Sandy Erskine
Back row: Jeff Dean, Gerry Cashman, Tom Adams, Ken Klopfenstein, Jim Shaklee, Celia Walker, Mike Corbin


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Seated L to R: Rosellen Lobree, Linda Sunday, Timberly Wolf, Meg Parmer, Joan Kauth (back)
Standing: Chris Fine, David Lobree, Frank Gillespie, Jerry Hanley (front), Dale Grit (back), Chet Baffa, Madeleine LeCocq, Bill Whitaker, Al Ross, Truman Sager, Jim Greuel, Randy Ratliff, Karl Riters (back), Gene Meyer (front), Dave Freismuth, Alan Meyer