2012 was a tumultuous, challenging year for Poudre Wilderness Volunteers due to the devastating Hewlett Gulch Fire (burning 7,700 acres) and the High Park Fire (consuming 87,300 acres). Both fires severely impacted the U.S. Forests of the Canyon Lakes Ranger District as well as the surrounding areas. Even though the main highway leading to the trails PWV patrols was closed for a good part of the summer and some of the devastated trails are still closed, PWV rose to the occasion by establishing and leading a Restoration program with many volunteers from the community in addition to PWV members. In spite of the fires, PWV members set a new record in 2012 by contributing 23,925 volunteer hours valued at $521,326 by the U.S. Forest Service.
Read more: PWV 2012 Highlights