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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

question-mark-160071 640Those of you paying attention in recent months have noticed something new about PWV this year. It's changing. You might say it's moving into the 21st century. While patrolling is still our main job, regulations have changed, the way we schedule and report patrols has changed, and where we look for and find information to do our jobs properly has changed. In short, it's not your father's PWV anymore.

To get you oriented and up to speed, here is a short Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) list. If you have further questions please contact us (use the Contact Us button at the top of the page) and we will do our best to answer your questions.

 

Read more: PWV FAQ: All Your Questions Answered

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