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What better way to celebrate our Colorado wilderness heritage than to spend a day helping preserve and protect our own, backyard wilderness area: The Eagles Nest Wilderness. Under the leadership of trained wilderness stewards and forest service rangers, volunteers will be organized into several trail crews and dispatched to local Eagles Nest Wilderness trail heads for trail maintenance work. The use of picks, shovels and saws will be involved but there will also be plenty of lighter work to accommodate all participants. Children are welcome.
We will gather on Saturday morning at Silverthorne’s North Pond Park*. A light breakfast will be available beginning at 9:30 AM and we’ll organize crews and carpool to the trailheads at around 10 AM. Training, tools and safety equipment will be provided. Volunteers need only bring their own water, a light snack and any other gear they need for a day on the trail. We will work on trail maintenance projects, with breaks, until about 1:30 PM when we will return to North Pond Park for refreshments and a Wilderness Act birthday picnic.
Few of the tens of thousands of visitors who enjoy hiking, camping, fishing and hunting each year in the Eagles Nest Wilderness are aware of how dependent the forest service is on volunteer support for basic functions such as trail maintenance, campsite clean-up, signage and stewardship patrols. On this Wilderness Volunteer Day we hope to introduce more people to the rewards of giving back to the wilderness we cherish.