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

Jerry Hanley

Our patrolling season is now over, and what a patrolling season it was. The Fall floods of 2013 closed several of our most popular trails, particularly in the Big Thompson Canyon area. Many trail restoration events were held throughout the summer. Many thanks to Mike Corbin, Mark Snyder, Fred Allen, their committee, and many volunteers for organizing these events and contributing many hours.

We received two awards this summer: USFS National Volunteer Organization of the Year for 2013, and a USFS Certificate of Appreciation for 2014. Job well done by everyone!!

Some statistics: we contributed 28,134 volunteer hours to the USFS, which equates to $634,422 in value; 178 people completed 6 or more patrols; NO accidents; 702 trees were logged out.

A group of us participated in the 50th Wilderness Act conference in Albuquerque in October. Thanks to Alan Meyer for coordinating this effort. It became clear at the conference that PWV is well recognized nationally, and that many folks and other wilderness organizations would like to know more about what and how we do things.

Our Year-End Celebration on Oct 26 at the Ft Collins Elks Club was a success. Alan Arnette, an experienced mountain climber and Alzheimer’s advocate was our keynote speaker. He has scaled the highest peak on each of the 7 continents, all in one year, and also scaled K2 just this last summer. The comradery and food was “most excellent”! The following people were recognized for outstanding service to PWV during the last year: Mike Corbin, Fred Allen, Joan Kauth, Jeanne Corbin, and Margaret Shaklee.

We are sitting well financially, thanks to very good 50th Wilderness Act poster sales and the tireless efforts of Fred Allen to bring in grant monies for the restoration events. We have many posters still available for sale. We have organized a Fund Raising Committee which will be taking a comprehensive look at raising funds from various sources throughout the year. Thanks to Judy Jacks for taking on the chair position. We are looking for a co-chair to help Judy with this effort. Please contact Judy or me if you are interested.

Our new member get-together at Odells in July was well attended, and a good time had by all. Special thanks to Odells for their continuing support of PWV.

We continue to get a lot of interest from prospective recruits, so there is no doubt that we will see a very robust recruiting class next Spring, and continue to see significant growth as an organization.

I would like to recognize and thank the following 2014 BOD members who are retiring: Bob Manuel - past chair, Archy Archuleta, Sandy Erskine, Martha Shepard, Cathy Trout. They have contributed countless hours to various activities, committees, events, and the smooth running of our organization.

Our 2015 Board:

  • Transitioning: Mike Corbin – Chair, Jerry Hanley - Past Chair, Alan Meyer - Chair-Elect
  • New: Gerry Cashman, Judy Jacks, Bob Meyer, Wendy Nicastle, Mike Smith
  • Continuing Roles: Meg Parmer – Secretary, Judy Christensen, Richard Clopper, David Fanning, Kevin Cannon – USFS, Margaret Shaklee – interim Treasurer, Daryl Smith, Jennifer Watson.

I would like everyone to welcome Mike as the new BOD chair, and thank everyone for their support during my one-year tenure. It was an honor serving you. See you on the trails!

Jerry Hanley


Poudre Wilderness Volunteers and the US Forest Service will be hosting a trail work day to celebrate National Public Lands Day September 27.  The public is invited to join us on the North Fork Trail, which is located near Glen Haven, to help in rebuilding the trail that was destroyed in last years flooding. 

Read more: National Public Lands Day

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As part of this year's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, organizations across the country are holding "Walks for Wilderness" to celebrate and raise public awareness for our wilderness areas.  Poudre Wilderness Volunteers is participating in two of these walks, as described below.  Please join us at one of these events!



Evergreen Walk For Wilderness

When: September 6, 2014,  9am - 2pm

The Evergreen walk will be a large event, building on a successful Walk for Wilderness 10 years ago for the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  PWV will be present at this event, with a booth in the Lake House.

  • 5 mile walk on the Pioneer Trail begins at Bergen Park, RTD lot.
  • Registration includes a T-Shirt and souvenirs. Adults $20; Child $10.
  • Interactive interpretive aid stations along the trail.
  • Finish at the Evergreen Lake House to celebrate:live music by Trout Steak Revival, booths, guest speakers and prizes
  • Registration opens 7:30am at the RTD Parking Lot in Bergen Park.
  • Event 9am-2pm
  • Online registration and information:


Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness Walk

When: September 6, 2014,  10am - 12pm

This walk will take place at Lily Lake within Rocky Mountain National Park.  This event will be celebrating both the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and also the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park.

  • Stroll around Lily Lake trail
  • Family activities, presentations and exhibitors
  • This is a free event
  • For more information click here.

Note that the annuall Scottish Festival takes place September 4-7 in Estes Park.  Plan your travel time accordingly.

Wilderness Poster

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed by President Johnson on September 3, 1964, the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers will showcase a Wilderness Art Exhibition of 14 local artists at Bas Bleu Theater Gallery September 3 to October 31, 2014.  Additionally there is an interesting Kickstarter Campaign to help raise funds for the exhibit.

It was art - yes, painting and photography - that really began the groundswell for the preservation of wild lands in America. In the latter decades of the 19th century, Thomas Moran, Frederick Church, Alfred Bierstadt, Worthington Whittredge, William Henry Jackson and other artists were instrumental in influencing Congress to help preserve the naturalness of our continent. This collective aesthetic and vision eventually contributed to the creation of the Wilderness Act.

The Wilderness Act, written by Howard Zahniser, created the legal definition of "wilderness" in the United States and set aside more than 9 million acres of federal land to be forever protected from development. Since then, the number of protected acres in the nation has grown to nearly 110 million. Over 3.5 million of these protected acres are in Colorado.

Today, the Wilderness Act stands as the sentinel for nature preservation and thus, human rejuvenation. So once again we are showcasing art as a medium for enhancing citizen awareness about nature, natural systems, and Wilderness. The vision for this juried exhibition is to:

• Celebrate the passage of the Wilderness Act 50 years ago;
• Raise awareness about nature, natural systems, and wild lands in northern Colorado as depicted by local artists; and
• Compel citizens to connect with nature, wild lands, and Wilderness areas in northern Colorado and to experience their value and learn more about their ecology.
• Empower citizens to Do One Thing (DOT) for Wilderness!

Read more: Wilderness Art Exhibit & Kickstarter Campaign

lion gulch restoration-8While Memorial Day is a time of remembering and reflection, it also marks the beginning of summer for many. There are graduations to celebrate, picnics to attend, and lawns to be mowed after spring rains. Despite the many alternative ways to spend the weekend, over 40 PWV volunteers and guests chose to spend one or two days of their holiday weekend repairing the Lion Gulch Trail, damaged by last September's floods. May 24th and 25th marked the first of PWV's Trail Restoration Days, in which we invite PWV volunteers and the public to join us in repairing and rebuilding damaged trails.

Read more: Lion Gulch Restoration Underway

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