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Wilderness Poster

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed by President Johnson on September 3, 1964, the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers will showcase a Wilderness Art Exhibition of 14 local artists at Bas Bleu Theater Gallery September 3 to October 31, 2014.  Additionally there is an interesting Kickstarter Campaign to help raise funds for the exhibit.

It was art - yes, painting and photography - that really began the groundswell for the preservation of wild lands in America. In the latter decades of the 19th century, Thomas Moran, Frederick Church, Alfred Bierstadt, Worthington Whittredge, William Henry Jackson and other artists were instrumental in influencing Congress to help preserve the naturalness of our continent. This collective aesthetic and vision eventually contributed to the creation of the Wilderness Act.

The Wilderness Act, written by Howard Zahniser, created the legal definition of "wilderness" in the United States and set aside more than 9 million acres of federal land to be forever protected from development. Since then, the number of protected acres in the nation has grown to nearly 110 million. Over 3.5 million of these protected acres are in Colorado.

Today, the Wilderness Act stands as the sentinel for nature preservation and thus, human rejuvenation. So once again we are showcasing art as a medium for enhancing citizen awareness about nature, natural systems, and Wilderness. The vision for this juried exhibition is to:

• Celebrate the passage of the Wilderness Act 50 years ago;
• Raise awareness about nature, natural systems, and wild lands in northern Colorado as depicted by local artists; and
• Compel citizens to connect with nature, wild lands, and Wilderness areas in northern Colorado and to experience their value and learn more about their ecology.

Details of the Exhibition

What: Wilderness Art Exhibition featuring the work of 14 local artists (see below for list of artists)
Organized and Managed by Marcella Wells
Where: Bas Bleu Theater Gallery, 401 Pine Street, Fort Collins (website below)
When:

  • Exhibition runs: September 3 to October 31, 2014
  • Gallery open: Tuesday – Friday 12:30-5:30p; Saturday 1-4p; Closed Monday
  • First Friday Receptions: September 5th, 5-7p and October 3rd, 5-7pm

Artists Featured in the Exhibition

• Craig Brown, Wellington
• Ren Burke, Fort Collins
• Lori Discoe, Fort Collins
• Dale Erickson, Fort Collins
• Pam Froemke, Fort Collins
• Janis Goldblatt, Fort Collins
• Selina Karim, Loveland
• Jeanne Mackenzie, Laporte
• Carol Marander, Fort Collins
• Mickey Schilling, Loveland
• Joseph Osmann, Windsor
• Don Vogl, Fort Collins
• Paula Watson-LaKamp, Wellington
• Bob Willis, Fort Collins

Kickstarter Campaign

To help fund the costs of the art exhibit, PWV has created a Kickstarter Campaign with a goal of raising $1,964 (to correspond to the 1964 date of the Wilderness Act).

If you are not familiar with this type of thing, there is a specific time windows (in this case through August 25th) to reach the target fundraising goal.  People can donate anything from $1 and up.  If the goal of $1,964 is not reached, then the campaign dissolves - none of the donations are processed and no money is collected.  The donations would flow through a secure Amazon account and the money is only processed if the goal is reached.

Naturally your donations will be tax-deductible, as are all donations to PWV.

To visit the Kickstarter page, click here.

restoration-1-6The current state of the extremely popular North Fork Trail near Glen Haven in the Big Thompson canyon is a good news-bad news situation. The bad news, of course, is that the trail was heavily damaged in the September 2013 flood. The mile of trail below the Cheley Camp was entirely washed away. Of the six bridges on the trail, only one was left standing, a result of a debris jam in front of it that diverted water around it. The rest were ripped from their embankments. A few can be found downstream from their former locations, wrapped around trees or stuck in sandbanks, and their timbers may be useful for other reclamation projects. Others are totally gone.

restoration-1The good news is, a new trail is being rebuilt by the Forest Service with the help of local organizations such as the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, the Larimer Country Horseman's Association, the Larimer Country Conservation Corps, the Colorado Mountain Club, and other members of the public who care about this trail. Although not completely finished, I had the opportunity to walk the proposed route of the new trail from the Cheley Camp to where it intersects the old trail in the switchback section near campsite 9 just before the Rocky Mountain National Park border. The trail is located on the north bank of the river, on the other side and up much higher than it was before, out of the way of river flooding. I think it is going to make this trail even more popular than it was before.

Read more: Volunteers Restore North Fork Trail

Help Wanted!! No Experience Required

 northfork restoration 2014

PWV and the USFS is holding another Trail Restoration Work Day on North Folk trail on August 9h and 10th. We need folks who don't mind getting a bit dirty and maybe muddy, depending on the weather. We plan to build new trail and repair existing trail to make the North Fork trail once again a safe and enjoyable hiking and riding experience. Attendees will learn how a trail is built and how we move large rocks without ending up underneath them. Once you help build a trail you will never look at a trail the same again. We can use all levels of physical ability. Our tasks run from placing large rocks and logs to checking folks in at the trail head and handing out tools.

If you are interested please sign up at: http://www.poudrewildernessvolunteers.org/restoration

Once you sign up we will provide you with additional information on the work days. Our only requirements are you have to be 18 and no dogs allowed. If you have any questions please contact Mike Corbin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 970-221-1492.

Hope to see you on the North Folk Trail.

Mike Corbin - PWV Restoration Committee Chair

emmaline-1-18To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, PWV is working hard this year to get more people comfortable spending a night in the backcountry. The Get Into Wilderness program is off to a great start with David Fanning and Gerry Cashman taking eight novice backpackers on a Backpacking 101 hike to Emmaline Lake in the Comanche Peak Wilderness the last weekend in June.

The emphasis on this hike was to go as light and as inexpensively as possible. No one requires a 40 pound backpack to spend a single night outside. And, no one should buy a lot of new gear unless they are sure this is something they are going to enjoy doing. Plus, unless you have gone backpacking a couple of times and gained some experience with what works and what doesn't, it is difficult to know what kind of gear to buy.

Read more: Backpacking 101

lion gulch restoration-8While Memorial Day is a time of remembering and reflection, it also marks the beginning of summer for many. There are graduations to celebrate, picnics to attend, and lawns to be mowed after spring rains. Despite the many alternative ways to spend the weekend, over 40 PWV volunteers and guests chose to spend one or two days of their holiday weekend repairing the Lion Gulch Trail, damaged by last September's floods. May 24th and 25th marked the first of PWV's Trail Restoration Days, in which we invite PWV volunteers and the public to join us in repairing and rebuilding damaged trails.

Read more: Lion Gulch Restoration Underway

14037520330 223e0fc5d7 bWhat a great weekend to be a coyote -- or an antelope, grizzly, fox, deer, badger, elk. To go feral, join a pack of other new PWV recruits and follow the lead of savvy veteran volunteers as they took us through the paces, and three miles of training trails, meeting misguided forest volunteers who needed our help and budding expertise. "Hello, my name is ... and I'm with the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers."

Read more: Spring Training 2014

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