The Poudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV), a wilderness trail stewardship organization, have completed their Cameron Peak Fire Trail restoration efforts for the year. The fire burned 122 miles of trails in the Roosevelt National Forest, more than 42 miles of which were severely damaged. Through the dedicated efforts of PWV, community members and local organizations, 3,348 trees were removed from 60 miles of damaged trails during 2021. On a larger scale, the organization conducted 722 trail patrols, interacted with more than 9,000 outdoor enthusiasts and logged 19,231 volunteer hours, all with the aim of opening up the trails to everyone’s enjoyment.
“We have accomplished a lot this year, thanks to the incredible participation of PWV and local communities in the work days,” said Mike Corbin, chair of the trail restoration committee. “We still have several years of work ahead of us and it is very encouraging to see the commitment of hundreds of people and many organizations to get these trails back to working order,” said Corbin.
Matt Cowan, Nature and Trails Manager for the Canyon Lakes Ranger District provided advice and priorities for the restoration effort. “We are very impressed with the efforts of all of our volunteers this year,” said Cowan. “We were able to safely open more trails than expected and that was due to the dedication and focus of PWV and the many other groups and individuals who participated.” Cowan continued.
PWV offers several opportunities to help build momentum into the ongoing effort to restore the trails. New volunteers can join the 2022 class, starting in January. Donations can be made through the website or during the December Colorado Gives initiative. Many community work days will take place in 2022.
Poudre Wilderness Volunteers is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit company. PWV has over twenty-five years of experience working with the US Forest Service, specifically the Canyon Lakes Ranger District in Fort Collins, CO. The organization is made up of more than 300 people who live primarily in northern Colorado and who are between the ages of 18 and 80. The group consists of retirees as well as people still actively working in fields such as medicine, education, public and private administration and business. Since 2005, PWV has donated a total of over 371,233 volunteer hours worth $ 10,594,989 to the USFS.
The tasks include:
- Serve as volunteer Rangers for the USFS
- Launch patrols to monitor trail conditions
- Remove dangerous and fallen trees
- Repair bridges
- Recruit members of local communities to safely assist our teams in building trails. For more information, visit pwv.org.