• trails that PWV maintains 250+ miles
  • PWV has no paid staff 100% Volunteer
  • ages from 18-80 260 Active Members
  • total value of PWV hours to USFS since 1996 $4,000,000+
  • PWV volunteer hours for 2014 26,900+ hours
  • designated Wilderness that PWV cares for 159,000+ acres

PWV is comprised of about 320 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

pwv bod 2016

Front Row: Alan, Wendy, Judy, Daryl, Margaret, Jamie, Shannon
Back Row: Mike C, Bob, Meg, Mike S, Jim, Gerry
Not Pictured: Kevin
Alan Meyer (Chair)
Mike Corbin (Most Recent Past Chair)
Margaret Shaklee (Chair Elect)
Bob Meyer (Treasurer)
Meg Parmer (Secretary)
Kevin Cannon (USFS Liaison)
Gerry Cashman
Jim Greuel
Judy Jacks
Shannon Keigan
Jamie McCue
Wendy Nicastle
Daryl Smith
Mike Smith
Fred Allen
Chuck Bell
Dave Cantrell
Jan Creager
Sandy Erskine
Nancy Flippin
Jerry Hanley
Bob Hansen
Bob Manuel
Karl Riters
Jacques Rieux
Jim Shaklee
Mark Snyder
Cheri Van Ackern
Garin Vandemark
George Wallace
Lori Wiles
Adopt-A-Highway - Kristine Williams
Adopt-A-Trail - Mark Snyder
Affiliation Gatherings - Bob Hansen
Annual Calendar on PWV Website - Chair-Elect
Annual Report - Most Recent Past Chair
Content Coordination - Mike Corbin
Endowment Fund - Jerry Hanley
Field Guide (& PPG) - Jim Shaklee
Finance - Bob Meyer
Fund Development - Judy Jacks
Hospitality - Jan Creager
Inventory - Richard Clopper
Kick-off Night - Linda Reiter
Kids in Nature - Jeanne Corbin
LNT Trainer Training - Bob Manuel & Jim Greuel
Member Recognition & Awards - Sandy Erskine
Mentoring Program - Mike & Jeanne Smith
Office Crew - Margaret Shaklee
Off-Trail Management - Position Vacant
Organization Handbook - Mike Corbin
Patrol Scheduling & Reporting Website - USFS
Patrol Scheduling - Bob Hansen
Photography & Video - Karl Riters
Poudre Trails Newsletter - Daryl Smith
Public Field & Trail Guide Sales - Jacques Rieux
Publications - Position Vacant
PWV Field & Trail Guide (new editions) - Position Vacant
Recruiting & Public Outreach - Celia Walker
Restoration - Mike Corbin & Mark Snyder
Spring Training, 2016 - Lynnette Liley & Mike Corbin (Vice Chair)
Stock Patrol - Sandy Erskine
Supplemental Training - Mike Smith
Surveys & Evaluations - Margaret Shaklee
Trail Crew - Bob Manuel
Trail Patrolling - Jeanne Corbin
Uniforms - Jean Routon
Web Team - Karl Riters
Weed Crew - Jim Shaklee
Year-End Event & Annual Meeting - Current Chair & Chair-Elect