Alan Meyer Chair2015 16I am pleased and honored to serve as PWV chair for this coming year, knowing that the organization is in great shape from all the fantastic work of our volunteers. Looking ahead to 2016, no major changes are anticipated - we will continue with the programs already in place and look at improvements in a few areas.

Read more: PWV’s New Chair Looking Ahead To 2016

TR10Poudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV) is hosting eight Trail Restoration work days this season. The dates are May 28 and 29; August 6, 8, 20 and 21; September 4 and will conclude on the weekend of National Public Lands Day, September 24.

You (or your organization, company, civic organization or church group) are invited and encouraged to join PWV restoration efforts.

Read more: 2016 PWV Trail Restoration Project


RestorationIn 2015 PWV held 20 public Trail Restoration work days and 16 PWV-only work days to repair the trails that were damaged in the floods of 2013. These days were attended by over 180 different volunteers and there were 475 person days with approximately 3,650 hours spent working on the trails. These volunteers have built over one mile of new trail and started construction on two major bridges. So excellent progress has been made but there is still work left to do in 2016. The plan is to complete the North Fork trail by midsummer and continue on to the other trails.

Read more: PWV Select Committee Reports 2015

Poudre Wilderness Volunteers 2014 Fact SheetPoudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV) is a Larimer County, Colorado nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1996 to assist the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the United States Forest Service in managing and protecting the wilderness and backcountry areas within its jurisdiction. To achieve this mission, PWV 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.

PWV has grown substantially and diversified since its founding and is considered to be one of the largest, most effective organizations of its kind in the nation.

The Need

  • Federal appropriations for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are not sufficient to cover the costs of forest management and conservation. Furthermore, the USFS doesn’t have enough staff to adequately patrol and monitor the Wilderness and backcountry trails in our area.
  • Backcountry use continues to rise, reflecting population growth and demographic changes along the Front Range and elsewhere in the nation. A recent National Survey on Recreation and the Environment (2000 – 2007) indicates that participation in outdoor recreation activities increased by 25 - 31% and that Americans’ interest in nature and nature-based recreation is changing. While activities such as hiking, backpacking, horse riding, mountain climbing, and snow skiing have recently shown declines in popularity, viewing or photographing birds, wildlife, and flowers and trees have increased by 19 to 26%, and kayaking has increased by 63%. In 2010, the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests were visited by 6 million people, the second highest number of visits to a National Forest in the nation.
  • Many backcountry users have no idea what a designated Wilderness is or why it must be left “untrammeled" by man. A majority of them know very little about low-impact camping. If there is nobody to guide visitors in Wilderness use, some of our Wilderness areas could become so heavily impacted that additional restrictions on public use will be imposed.

Read more: Poudre Wilderness Volunteers 2015 Fact Sheet

Mike CorbinThis past year has been an active one for PWV. We accomplished a great deal out in the forest. PWV conducted 973 patrols; contributed 27,182 volunteer hours to the USFS, which equates to $623,000 in value; contacted over 8900 forest visitors and 1,354 trees were logged out all with NO accidents.

Read more: PWV's Most Recent Past Chair Looking Back At 2015

WomenThis summer the PWV Restoration Committee worked mainly on the North Fork Trail but also two days on the Hewlett Gulch Trail. We held 13 public workdays, 3 days of PWV only training, 2 training days with the Larimer Country Youth Conservation Corps and 8 workdays with the Larimer County Youth Conservation Corps trail crew. One of our public days we had the Rocky Mountain Conservancy trail crews and some of their staff and volunteers join us. This combined effort allowed PWV to build 1 mile of new trail through some very difficult terrain. We built a number of rock walls, moved a lot of dirt and built the abutments for a log stringer bridge over the river. The terrain we built this new trail through was very challenging. In some areas rock retaining walls were required to hold the trail in place on the side of the hill.

154 individuals, 44 PWV members and 117 of the general public plus 10 from the Larimer Country Youth Conservation Corps provided the labor. This amounted to 475 workdays for a total of 4,275 hours. We also ate a lot of food and had some fun along the way.

Read more: PWV Restoration 2015 Accomplishments

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