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

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


Front Row: Wendy, Margaret, Meg, Judy J, Daryl, Jerry, Alan
Back Row: Bob, Jennifer, Gerry, David, Richard, Mike S, Mike C
Not Pictured: Kevin C, Judy C
Mike Corbin (Chair)
Jerry Hanley (Most Recent Past Chair)
Alan Meyer (Chair Elect)
Bob Meyer (Treasurer)
Meg Parmer (Secretary)
Kevin Cannon (USFS Liaison)
Gerry Cashman
Judy Christensen
Richard Clopper
David Fanning
Judy Jacks
Wendy Nicastle
Daryl Smith
Mike Smith
Jennifer Watson
Fred Allen
Chuck Bell
Art Bunn
Dave Cantrell
Jan Creager
Sandy Erskine
Nancy Flippin
Bob Hansen
Bob Manuel
Karl Riters
Jacques Rieux
Jim Shaklee
Margaret Shaklee
Mark Snyder
Ken Thielen
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 - Alan Meyer
Annual Report - Most Recent Past Chair
Content Coordination - Mike Corbin
Endowment Fund - Judy Christensen, Judy Jacks
Field Guide (& PPG) - David Fanning
Finance - Margaret Shaklee
Fund Development - Judy Jacks
Grants - Ronda Koski
Hospitality - Jan Creager
Inventory - Richard Clopper
Kick-off Night - Linda Reiter
Kids in Nature - Jeanne Corbin
LNT Trainer Training - Bob Manuel
Member Recognition & Awards - Sandy Erskine
Mentoring Program - Mike & Jeanne Smith
Office Crew - Margaret Shaklee
Off-Trail Managment - Verna Bodig
Organization Handbook - Mike Corbin
Patrol Scheduling - Bob Hansen
Photography & Video - Karl Riters
Poudre Trails Newsletter - Daryl Smith
Public Field & Trail Guide Sales - Jacques Rieux
PWV Field & Trail Guide (new editions) - Position Vacant
Recruiting & Public Outreach - Madeleine Lecocq
Restoration - Mike Corbin & Mark Snyder
Spring Training, 2015 - Nate Donovan
Stock Patrol - Sandy Erskine
Supplemental Training - Mike Smith
Surveys & Questionnaires - Margaret Shaklee
Trail Crew - Bob Manuel
Trail Patrolling - Jeanne Corbin
Uniforms - Sharon Green
Web Team - Karl Riters
Weed Crew - Jim Shaklee
Year-End Event & Annual Meeting - Mike Corbin and Alan Meyer