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. 

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


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

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.
• Empower citizens to Do One Thing (DOT) for Wilderness!

Read more: Wilderness Art Exhibit & Kickstarter Campaign

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

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