• PWV volunteer hours for 2011 23,700+ hours
  • ages from 18-80 270+ Members
  • wilderness that PWV cares for 159,000+ acres
  • PWV has no paid staff 100% Volunteer
  • trails that PWV maintains 250+ miles

PWV is comprised of about 270 individuals who live primarily in northern Colorado and who range in age from 18 to 80 years old. Our volunteers represent nearly every imaginable background and all walks of life. The group consists of retirees as well as people still actively working in such fields as medicine, education, public and private administration and business.

Read more: Who We Are

The mission of Poudre Wilderness Volunteers is to assist the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the United States Forest Service in managing and protecting wilderness and backcountry areas within its jurisdiction. To achieve this mission, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers 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.

In 1995, a volunteer ranger for the USFS, Charles Bell, who patrolled the trails of what is now the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, became extremely worried about the cuts to the ranger district’s budget over the previous three years – from 3 full-time persons and 30 seasonal employees down to just 1 full-time person and 2 part-timers to look after its extensive backcountry and wilderness areas.

Read more: Poudre Wilderness Volunteers at a Glance

Adopt-A-Highway - Kristine Williams
Adopt-A-Trail - Mark Snyder
Affiliation Gatherings - Bob Hansen
Annual Calendar on PWV Website - Mike Corbin
Annual Report - Vacant
Content Coordination - Mike Corbin
Endowment Fund - Judy Christensen, Judy Jacks
Field Guide (& PPG) - David Fanning
Finance - Margaret Shaklee
Fundraising - Fred Allen, Mike Shaddy
Grants - Vacant
Hospitality - Jan Creager
Inventory - Richard Clopper
Kick-off Night - Frank Schwende
Kids in Nature - Jeanne Corbin
LNT Trainer Training - Bob Manuel
Member Recognition & Awards - Cathy Trout
Mentoring Program - David and Rosellen Lobree
Newsletter (Poudre Trails) - Daryl Smith
Office Crew - Margaret Shaklee
Organization Handbook - Mike Corbin
Patrol Scheduling - Bob Hansen
Patrol Scheduling & Reporting Website - USFS
Photography & Video - Karl Ritters
Public Field & Trail Guide Sales - Jacques Rieux
PWV Field & Trail Guide (new editions) - David Fanning
PWV Website - Karl Riters
Recruiting & Public Outreach - Jennifer Watson, Ken Thielen
Restoration - Mike Corbin & Mark Snyder
Spring Training - Mindy Cooper
Stock Patrol - Sandy Erskine
Supplemental Training - David Fanning
Surveys & Questionnaires - Margaret Shaklee
Trail Crew - Frank Lilley, Bob Manuel
Trailhead Hosting - Vacant
Uniforms - Sharon Green
Weed Crew - Jim Shaklee
Winter Patrols - Mike Corbin
Year-End Event & Annual Meeting - Mike Corbin and Jerry Hanley

PWV has officially adopted 4 miles of CO-14 in the scenic Upper Poudre canyon (mm 69 – 73).  Twice a year (July and September) a small crew of PWV volunteers & their families and friends walk this section of road picking up litter and trash for CDOT. Participation in an Adopt-A-Highway event counts toward the 6-patrol expectation.