We are an all-volunteer organization committed to the health and preservation of three Wilderness Areas, and to spreading wilderness ethics to all who visit. Won't you join us? Click here
What makes Wilderness special? Read the 1964 Wilderness Act (it's not very long and we've highlighted important parts) and you will understand
NOTE: Monthly meetings are now the SECOND Thursday of the month!
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The Summit County Rescue Group is at the forefront of readiness, expertise, and commitment when it comes to rescuing lost, injured, or stranded visitors to the backcountry 24/7/365. While about two-thirds of the calls they receive self-resolve, they deploy 50-90 times a year, usually in rugged terrain, often after dark, and frequently during foul weather. Read about this amazing organization in the FENW April newsletter, written by Charles Pitman.Charles Pitman in action
The FENW RETREAT was a huge success, thanks especially to Stuart Dodd (back row, 4th from right), Chair of IPWA (Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance) whose skills as a facilitator kept us thinking, discussing, laughing for seven hours, even through a working dinner. The entire Board, two US Forest Service reps, and several interested volunteers kept up a steady rain of ideas. The walls were covered with our results - a few examples: _
Senator Kerry Donovan writes about her famous grandfather, Bill Mounsey, in the March FENW Newsletter - and there's no mistaking the resemblance! Read how Bill fought CDOT over the I-70 route, the US Forest Service over the size of Eagles Nest, and especially the Denver Water Board over water rights. Kerry writes also about his outsized life, and the deep influence that he had on her personal life.
FENW had an informal party at Ollie's Pub in Frisco.
Trail Projects leader Kate Demorest proposed, planned, and hosted the event.
Several dozen board members and friends attended. More pictures HERE.
100,000 acres for WE THE PEOPLE in Summit and Eagle Counties: In our February Newsletter, Vail environmental activist and founder of the famous Women's Empowerment Workshop Susie Kincade describes the wonderful bill before Congress that will create new recreation areas, new Wildernesses, new game management areas, and the nation's first National Historic Landscape at the famous Camp Hale. The amazing thing is that all of this will be accomplished without limiting any activity currently permitted, but will just guarantee opportunities for outdoor recreation for generations, right in our neck of the woods. Click for MAP
TV PREMIER: The Walker family rebuilt their famous cabin on Bighorn Creek last summer, using traditional tools. A team of photographers monitored progress, and their splendid production was shown on the DIY channel on January 16. More here.
Meet Tim Drescher, FENW's new President, in the January 2018 Newsletter. Tim writes about his love of wilderness, and the photo journal that he keeps documenting the many backcountry trips that he takes with his wife Kelly and dog Max. We are entering a new era at FENW, and Tim will convene a comprehensive planning workshop, combining plans for a celebration of our first 25 years (in 2019) with a roadmap for the future. He urges wilderness lovers like you to get involved - just email us at email@example.com expressing your interest.
FENW has received its biggest donation EVER! Breckenridge residents Susy and Bill Gillilan have donated two-thousand dollars to FENW. They are true friends of the environment - and Wilderness in particular - Bill is a Volunteer Wilderness Ranger with FENW.
The Gillilans, residents of Breckenridge, have made an extraordinarily generous donation to FENW.
Bill & Susy could not have made their gift at a better time. FENW, led by new President Tim Drescher, faces growing challenges, including overuse by our loving public, underfunding to the USFS, and increasing pressures on public land protections.
Read more about Bill's illustrious career HERE.