Alan Meyer Chair2015 16I am pleased and honored to serve as PWV chair for this coming year, knowing that the organization is in great shape from all the fantastic work of our volunteers. Looking ahead to 2016, no major changes are anticipated - we will continue with the programs already in place and look at improvements in a few areas.

Read more: PWV’s New Chair Looking Ahead To 2016

Mike CorbinThis past year has been an active one for PWV. We accomplished a great deal out in the forest. PWV conducted 973 patrols; contributed 27,182 volunteer hours to the USFS, which equates to $623,000 in value; contacted over 8900 forest visitors and 1,354 trees were logged out all with NO accidents.

Read more: PWV's Most Recent Past Chair Looking Back At 2015

WomenThis summer the PWV Restoration Committee worked mainly on the North Fork Trail but also two days on the Hewlett Gulch Trail. We held 13 public workdays, 3 days of PWV only training, 2 training days with the Larimer Country Youth Conservation Corps and 8 workdays with the Larimer County Youth Conservation Corps trail crew. One of our public days we had the Rocky Mountain Conservancy trail crews and some of their staff and volunteers join us. This combined effort allowed PWV to build 1 mile of new trail through some very difficult terrain. We built a number of rock walls, moved a lot of dirt and built the abutments for a log stringer bridge over the river. The terrain we built this new trail through was very challenging. In some areas rock retaining walls were required to hold the trail in place on the side of the hill.

154 individuals, 44 PWV members and 117 of the general public plus 10 from the Larimer Country Youth Conservation Corps provided the labor. This amounted to 475 workdays for a total of 4,275 hours. We also ate a lot of food and had some fun along the way.

Read more: PWV Restoration 2015 Accomplishments

21007724825 c4fb7a8538 kMore patrols in our wilderness areas, stronger connections in the PWV community, backpacking with experienced mentors — Wild51 had ambitious goals — and succeeded! “Wild51” refers to the 51st year of the Wilderness Act, which has protected our wilderness heritage in perpetuity. From August 6-18, we celebrated with patrols all across the Comanche Peak Wilderness and the Rawah Wilderness.

The Wild51 planners are still working on the numbers, but both Comanche Peak and Rawah had many more patrols than usual during those times. Lots of us got involved, patrolled together, welcomed new backcountry PWVs, built skills, and had a terrific time!

We’ll post details here once the analysis is done. And if you missed out this year, planning is already underway for Wild52.

Wild51 Committee: Ali, Gerry & Dave

StockEval1On May 2, the annual PWV Stock Evaluation was held at Lory State Park. Potential new stock patrol members took to the course to show their ability to handle situations they may encounter while on patrol.

Fifteen current PWV stock volunteers role played and rated new PWV Stock Patrol applicants on their decisions of how to handle the encounters and situations. The main issue was safety of rider, horse and other trail users. This event takes place before Spring Training so there is no expectation for new recruits to know radio protocols or how to interact with the scenarios. New recruits learned what areas, if any, they need to work on to have their horse be patrol-ready.

Read more: 2015 Stock Evaluation

“This is a nice forest! If I were an animal, I’d love this forest!”

KIN2PWV Kids in Nature is gearing up for a busy season, with at least 15 hikes scheduled. We expect to lead 140-175 kids on hikes from at least 5 different agencies and groups. New this year, two of our hikes will serve pre-teens and young teens. We will continue to utilize our aquatic macro-invertebrates and trees curricula and will add one on mammals, emphasizing the detective play of finding tracks and signs. We are pleased to have staff from City of Fort Collins Utilities Education Department teaming with us again as they provide clean water and aquatic macro-invertebrate instruction on some of our hikes! And we are planning some map and compass games with the older kids.KIN1

Most of the kids we serve on Kids in Nature hikes have never been in the mountains before nor on a trail anywhere. The hikes open their eyes to a world they’ve never seen before and every kid wants to go hiking again! We hope we are developing stewards of wilderness for the future.

For more information contact Jeanne Corbin - Chair, Kids in Nature Committee 

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