Announcements

w50-eagles-nestCheck out our new Logo… 2014 will be the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and 20 year Anniversary of the creation of FENW.

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Wilderness Volunteer Day
Saturday August 9, 9:30 AM
North Pond Park, Silverthorne
 
Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and the Forest Service are jointly sponsoring a Wilderness Volunteer Day on Saturday, August 9 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

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.

 
* North Pond Park is located 2.5 miles north of the I70 Silverthorne exit on Highway 9.

June 2014 Newsletter online version below

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6/21/14 Trail Restoration Project

Saturday June 21: Gateway Waterworks.  Drainage control and early season repairs on various trails TBD based on early season condition reports.  Meet at the Dillion Ranger District Office in Silverthorne at 8 AM.  Please bring lunch, plenty of water and any other gear you need for a day on the trail.  Tools, safety equipment and tailgate refreshments will be provided.

Please plan on joining us if you can. The work is rewarding and the companionship is great.

If you have any questions about any aspect of the program, please contact Bill Reed at 970-513-9741 or bill.reed@fenw.org.

7/11 – 7/13/14 Trail Restoration Overnight Project

Friday July 11 – Sunday July 13: Pack in to Lost Lake for trail improvement and campsite control work. For the pack-in project this year we plan to lighten volunteer loads by having the horses carry in heaver personal gear such as tents and cooking gear as well as the usual tools and libations.  Please keep in mind that reservations are required.

Please plan on joining us if you can. The work is rewarding and the companionship is great.

If you have any questions about any aspect of the program, please contact Bill Reed at 970-513-9741 or bill.reed@fenw.org.

8/9/14 Wilderness 50 Trailhead Day

Saturday August 9: Wilderness Volunteer Day.  Based at North Pond Park in Silverthorne.  Partnering with FDRD, we will lead a community-wide wilderness volunteer day honoring the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  Activities will include trail maintenance projects at multiple wilderness locations and staffing information stations at trailheads.  Party to follow.

 

While we always need and appreciate your help on all of our projects, the Wilderness Volunteer Day is a particularly important event for FENW this year.  We hope that the visibility of a larger scale trail maintenance event will introduce more people to the fun and satisfaction of wilderness volunteer activities and expand the pool of folks willing to join in.  Your support of this effort will be essential to its success.  There will be plenty of opportunities to lend a hand other than swinging a pick…but grizzled veteran pick-swingers will be very helpful too to show newcomers how it’s done.

Please plan on joining us if you can. The work is rewarding and the companionship is great.

If you have any questions about any aspect of the program, please contact Bill Reed at 970-513-9741 or bill.reed@fenw.org.