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COMING UP

Saturday, June 2: National Trails Day: We are teaming up with Friends of the Dillon Ranger District to work on the Salt Lick Trail. Registration is required. We'll meet at the USFS office in Silverthorne (MAP) at 8 AM to carpool to the trail head (where parking is limited). Food and drink to follow in the afternoon! 

2018

Meet the 2018 class of USFS Wilderness Ranger Interns. Rollover an image to read the profile.
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Read about Environment for the Americas - EFTA - in the FENW May newsletter, written by its founder and Executive Director, Dr. Susan Bonfield. EFTA is committed to protecting the migratory birds that we all love, especially by enlisting young people in the birds' winter habitats in Mexico and Central America.
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: 
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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  info@fenw.org 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.

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