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Jerry Hanley

Our patrolling season is now over, and what a patrolling season it was. The Fall floods of 2013 closed several of our most popular trails, particularly in the Big Thompson Canyon area. Many trail restoration events were held throughout the summer. Many thanks to Mike Corbin, Mark Snyder, Fred Allen, their committee, and many volunteers for organizing these events and contributing many hours.

We received two awards this summer: USFS National Volunteer Organization of the Year for 2013, and a USFS Certificate of Appreciation for 2014. Job well done by everyone!!

Some statistics: we contributed 28,134 volunteer hours to the USFS, which equates to $634,422 in value; 178 people completed 6 or more patrols; NO accidents; 702 trees were logged out.

A group of us participated in the 50th Wilderness Act conference in Albuquerque in October. Thanks to Alan Meyer for coordinating this effort. It became clear at the conference that PWV is well recognized nationally, and that many folks and other wilderness organizations would like to know more about what and how we do things.

Our Year-End Celebration on Oct 26 at the Ft Collins Elks Club was a success. Alan Arnette, an experienced mountain climber and Alzheimer’s advocate was our keynote speaker. He has scaled the highest peak on each of the 7 continents, all in one year, and also scaled K2 just this last summer. The comradery and food was “most excellent”! The following people were recognized for outstanding service to PWV during the last year: Mike Corbin, Fred Allen, Joan Kauth, Jeanne Corbin, and Margaret Shaklee.

We are sitting well financially, thanks to very good 50th Wilderness Act poster sales and the tireless efforts of Fred Allen to bring in grant monies for the restoration events. We have many posters still available for sale. We have organized a Fund Raising Committee which will be taking a comprehensive look at raising funds from various sources throughout the year. Thanks to Judy Jacks for taking on the chair position. We are looking for a co-chair to help Judy with this effort. Please contact Judy or me if you are interested.

Our new member get-together at Odells in July was well attended, and a good time had by all. Special thanks to Odells for their continuing support of PWV.

We continue to get a lot of interest from prospective recruits, so there is no doubt that we will see a very robust recruiting class next Spring, and continue to see significant growth as an organization.

I would like to recognize and thank the following 2014 BOD members who are retiring: Bob Manuel - past chair, Archy Archuleta, Sandy Erskine, Martha Shepard, Cathy Trout. They have contributed countless hours to various activities, committees, events, and the smooth running of our organization.

Our 2015 Board:

  • Transitioning: Mike Corbin – Chair, Jerry Hanley - Past Chair, Alan Meyer - Chair-Elect
  • New: Gerry Cashman, Judy Jacks, Bob Meyer, Wendy Nicastle, Mike Smith
  • Continuing Roles: Meg Parmer – Secretary, Judy Christensen, Richard Clopper, David Fanning, Kevin Cannon – USFS, Margaret Shaklee – interim Treasurer, Daryl Smith, Jennifer Watson.

I would like everyone to welcome Mike as the new BOD chair, and thank everyone for their support during my one-year tenure. It was an honor serving you. See you on the trails!

Jerry Hanley

 

We are coming to the end of the summer and the end of Trail Restoration for 2014. We have accomplished a lot this summer restoring both the Lion's Gulch and North Fork trails. Lion's Gulch will not be opened this year but we are just about ready to open North Fork to the public.

So come and celebrate the opening of the North Fork trail with us on September 27 and 28. The entertainment will consist of trail work and eating. I know that is what we always do on Restoration work days but these are the last two days for the summer so it is your last chance to come out and have fun with us.

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, 16 and accompanied by a parent, also 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.

Click on link to Flyer for details:

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Hope to see you on the North Folk Trail.

Mike Corbin - PWV Restoration Committee Chair

 

Poudre Wilderness Volunteers and the US Forest Service will be hosting a trail work day to celebrate National Public Lands Day September 27.  The public is invited to join us on the North Fork Trail, which is located near Glen Haven, to help in rebuilding the trail that was destroyed in last years flooding. 

Read more: National Public Lands Day

PWV to Mark the Anniversary of the Floods of 2013 withTrail Restoration Work Days on North Fork Trail

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This summer of has been a challenge for PWV, working to repair both the Lion Gulch and North Fork trails that were so severely damaged in the floods last September. PWV will be hosting work days on both September 13 and 14 to continue our rebuilding of the North Fork Trail.

Read more: PWV - Trail Restoration to Mark Anniversary of 2013 Floods

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As part of this year's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, organizations across the country are holding "Walks for Wilderness" to celebrate and raise public awareness for our wilderness areas.  Poudre Wilderness Volunteers is participating in two of these walks, as described below.  Please join us at one of these events!

 

 

Evergreen Walk For Wilderness

When: September 6, 2014,  9am - 2pm

The Evergreen walk will be a large event, building on a successful Walk for Wilderness 10 years ago for the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  PWV will be present at this event, with a booth in the Lake House.

  • 5 mile walk on the Pioneer Trail begins at Bergen Park, RTD lot.
  • Registration includes a T-Shirt and souvenirs. Adults $20; Child $10.
  • Interactive interpretive aid stations along the trail.
  • Finish at the Evergreen Lake House to celebrate:live music by Trout Steak Revival, booths, guest speakers and prizes
  • Registration opens 7:30am at the RTD Parking Lot in Bergen Park.
  • Event 9am-2pm
  • Online registration and information: www.evergreenwalkforwilderness.com

 

Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness Walk

When: September 6, 2014,  10am - 12pm

This walk will take place at Lily Lake within Rocky Mountain National Park.  This event will be celebrating both the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and also the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.

  • Stroll around Lily Lake trail
  • Family activities, presentations and exhibitors
  • This is a free event
  • For more information click here.

Note that the annuall Scottish Festival takes place September 4-7 in Estes Park.  Plan your travel time accordingly.

Help Wanted!! No Experience Required

 northfork restoration 2014So far this summer PWV has held ten Trail Restoration work days to repair the trails that were damaged in last year's flood. These days have been attended by over 170 different volunteers and there has been over 500 man days with approximately 3500 hours spent working on the trails. These volunteers have built over 1.5 miles of new trail and repaired nearly a mile of existing trail. So we are making excellent progress but we still have a lot of work left to do.

Our priority is to complete the reroute of the North Fork trail this summer to allow the Forest Service to open the trail to the public. But to accomplish this we need more folks to volunteer their time and efforts.

So if you enjoy hiking the trails and would like to see what it really takes to build a trail come on out and join us on one of our work days. Our next work weekend will be August 23rd and 24th on North Fork trail.

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

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