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Friends of Eagles Nest Wilderness

We are an all-volunteer organization committed to the health and preservation of three Wildernesses, and to spreading wilderness ethics to all who visit.
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  • April: "After Malheur" by Currie Craven
  • May: "Bikes in Wilderness" by Tim Drescher
  • The 2016 Trail & Campsite work schedule is set!
    Day Projects will be the following Saturdays: June 4, June 18, July 9
    Pack-in weekends (Fri-Sun) will be: July 15-17 and August 12-14. Details

    Call for volunteers
  • Tens of thousands of annual visitors are placing Eagles Nest Wilderness (ENW) at increasing risk of being "loved to death." Today the US Forest Service rates less than half of ENW as pristine - the purest, most natural state (rollover map). Definitions HERE (pdf)).
  • While our fiscal condition is sound, we need more volunteers, both in the field but especially to help with administration...

  • BIKES IN EAGLES NEST WILDERNESS?


    The FENW MAY NEWSLETTER features an essay by TIM DRESCHER about the growing cry to allow mountain bikes in Wilderness Areas.

    BIRDS OF EAGLES NEST WILDERNESS
    WEDNESDAY JUNE 15, 4:30 PM
    Silverthorne Library

    Ornithologist Dr. Susan Bonfield will talk about her work with birds of Eagles Nest Wilderness, and the growing threats to migratory birds on this, the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty. Sue will also lead a BIRD HIKE to the A.M. Bailey Bird Nesting Area on Rock Creek (Date TBA).

    150th Anniversary on Ute Pass
    COLORAOD: A SUMMER TRIP
    SATURDAY, JULY 2, 9:30AM
    Ute Pass Road
    150th anniversary
    A refreshing start to your July Fourth holiday weekend. Today is the SESQICENTENNIAL of the day that the Byers expedition crossed over Ute Pass and beheld the Gore Range, the future Eagles Nest Wilderness. We'll have some readings, refreshments, but mainly enjoy this grand view of the crown jewel of Summit County.

    HELP PROTECT PUBLIC LANDS
    After the Malheur Occupation
    FENW President Currie Craven wondered if Malheur could happen here. Below he presents FENW's stance on the issue of Public Land ownership pdf

    Similarly, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) has worked for years to protect public lands. Read about some of their recent efforts...

    THE WOEFUL BUDGET OF THE USFS
    BACKGROUND: 2016 USFS budget fails to stanch the hemorrhage: The magnificent White River National Forest - which includes all three Wildernesses that FENW helps look after - is being bled to death. In the dozen years after 2003, annual visits increased by 44 percent (to 13 million)...
    Continental Divide Wilderness and Recreation Act
    Rep. Jared Polis introduced a bill in the US Congress in 2015 that will add forty thousand acres of Wilderness in Colorado. Details