TrailCrew4To promote more patrols in the remote Wilderness Areas, PWV has established a WildXX initiative where XX is the year since the U.S. Congress passed the national Wilderness Act in 1964. This year as part of Wild52 there was a tremendous turnout for PWV backpacking and hiking patrols focused on the Rawah Wilderness (PWV patrols 4 Wilderness Areas; additionally: Cache La Poudre, Comanche Peak, and Neota).

Wild52 had 25 PWV members participating by putting in 79 patrol-days covering 13 of the 14 trails in the Rawah Wilderness during the extended week of August 12 - 21. Wild52 participation ranged from day hikes to several-day backpacking trips. Three of the longer backpacking outings are described below.

Read more: Wild52 Wilderness Patrols

Margaret Shaklee Chair2016 2017I’m so excited to be the new Chair!  I joined Poudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV) in 2007 and have been active in several committees.  I was elected to be a member of the Board as Treasurer in 2009 and continued on the Advisory Board, until I became Chair Elect this past year. 

Read more: PWV's New Chair Looking Ahead To 2017

Alan Meyer Chair2015 16The 2016 patrolling season has been another very active year for Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, with significant accomplishments from our 337 volunteer members. PWV members performed 1,105 patrols; contacted 12,072 forest visitors on the trail; and contributed a record 27,901 total volunteer hours which translates to a value of over $650,000 for the USFS.

Read more: PWV's Most Recent Past Chair Looking Back At 2016

PWV continues with our Restoration Program this year. We have gotten a lot done and have one more public work day scheduled for this year and some other PWV work days tentatively planned.Restoration1

This year we had a lot of fun building a stringer bridge on the North Fork Trail. This bridge has allowed the trail to be opened to hikers so that the public can both enjoy the North Fork Trail and access the North East corner of the National Park. We also completed a large crib on the Hewlett Gulch Trail to eliminate two creek crossings and built a new trail section to bypass the first creek crossing on the trail.

Read more: 2016 PWV Trail Restoration Project Sept. 9 Update


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

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