Fire2012 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


New Channel of the North Fork
The floods of September 2013 caused major damage to several trails in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest. The most severely damage trail was the North Fork trail. Much of the first two miles of the trail is gone and all six bridges were washed away. PWV has already started initial clean up by salvaging material from one of the bridges which may be used in the future.

Read more: PWV and the USFS Plan a Major Restoration Project

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A couple of the articles are featured on the PWV Website Home Page

Kevin Cannon, PWV’s USFS liaison has been assessing the flood damage to many of our trails since the mid-September flooding. He began the exploration in a helicopter when it was still raining, and continues to visit and assess the restoration work ahead. The saddest news is that much of the destruction took place on trails that were recently restored and improved with many hours of work by PWV Volunteers. Below is a summary of his findings to date.

Read more: Assessing Flood Damage to Our Trails

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