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BECOME A VOLUNTEER WILDERNESS RANGER! Applications are now being accepted. TRAINING is Saturday, June 8 in Silverthorne (MAP). You'll wear this patch - same as USFS personnel. Learn more HERE. View the application form HERE.
May 2019: The May eNewsletter features an article by Paige Singer about the spectacularly successful State Highway 9 Project. It's seven wildlife crossings (both overpasses and underpasses) in an eleven mile stretch along the lower Blue River have reduced wildlife-vehicle collisions by more than 90%. The cameras have documented all kinds of wildlife - check out the photo gallery (link in eNewsletter). Here are some mule deer coming down an overpass.
April 2019: TRAIL PROJECTS have been announced for this summer. • National Trails Day with FDRD (Salt Lick Trail): June 8 • Eagles Nest Wilderness Overnight with llamas (Slate Lakes, Summit County): July 12 - 14 • Weed Pull with the Sierra Club on July 13th at 9:30 at Acorn Creek. Expect to hike about a mile, work gloves will be provided. Contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org • Eagles Nest Wilderness Overnight with llamas (Gore Creek, Eagle County): August 9 - 11 • Lily Pad Lake Trail Bridge Construction: August 24 • Adopt-A-Trail Deluge Lake Trail work – Dates TBD more info HERE
April 2019: In the April NEWSLETTER Wilderness Workshop Attorney Peter Hart describes the proposed Berlaimont development, and the serious and urgent threats it poses for wildlife.
March 2019: We are considering changing our name! Read the March eNewsletter to learn why. We get confused with other "Friends of..." non-profits (left), and we help look after more than just Eagles Nest (right). We received many comments - read them HERE
February 14: The National Forest Foundation has awarded a grant to FENW for $16,000 to combat invasive weeds in the wilderness. Thanks to JIM ALEXANDER for leading this project, which portends a rebirth of John Taylor’s longtime leadership. Happy Valentine’s Day, indeed! Read about Jim’s plans in the post below…
February 2019: FOREST HEALTH – combating invasive plants – is the subject of FENW’s eNewsletter for February 2018. “The Good, The Bad, and The Pretty Ugly” by Jim Alexander describes FENW’s renaissance (led by Jim) in the never-ending Weed War. Jim is especially interested in building a small crew of hikers who will report (via GPS) the locations of weed infestations, which the Forest Service personnel will then treat. Contact Jim if you can help.
January 2019: Lower Blue Residents UnitedJohn Fielder, Dean of Colorado photographers and champion of Wilderness, and Harris Sherman, former head of the Colorado Division of Natural Resources, have teamed up to fight OPEN PIT MINING in the beautiful, unspoiled Lower Blue River. Read the background and details HERE. John and Harris are assembling a crew of experts on WILDLIFE, WATER, PROPERTY VALUES, TRANSPORTATION, OPEN SPACE, and more. Colorado Open Lands, our state's largest land trust, has agreed to help. They are only $10,000 short of our goal to raise the funds necessary to present their case to the Lower Blue Planning Commission. Send your check to: Lower Blue Residents United, c/o John Fielder, POB 26890, Silverthorne CO 80497
January 2019: Thoughts from FENW’s New President Bill Betz Read his comments in the January 2019 eNewsletter. He ends with this: “Our work has never been more important. The Forest Service, that wonderful agency with an awesomely broad charge, a ginormous amount of acreage to look after, and a pitifully scanty federal budget (and none as I write: our FS advisors Cindy Ebbert (Dillon RD) and Mike Beach (Eagle/Holy Cross RD) are furloughed, due to the government shutdown) needs us more than ever.”