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2019 TRAIL & CAMPSITE WORK SCHEDULE
Join a crew this summer and help maintain trails and campsites in the Wilderness. No training required!
OVERNIGHT PROJECTS head deep into the backcountry. Gear is packed by our two llamas - Dom and Powell. Contact  Tim Drescher to reserve a spot.
July 12-14 - Eagles Nest Wilderness Overnight with llamas (Slate Lakes, Summit County)
August 9-11 - Eagles Nest Wilderness Overnight with llamas (Gore Creek, Eagle County)

DAY PROJECTS (no reservation necessary) June 8 - National Trails Day with FDRD (Salt Lick Trail) June 28 - Deluge Lake Trail (contact Ken Harper) July 4 and July 10- Gore Creek Trail (contact Tim Drescher) July 13 - Weed Pull with the Sierra Club on SALT LICK TRAIL (contact Jim Alexander) July 26 - Deluge Lake Trail (contact Ken Harper) August 13 - Gore Creek Trail (contact Tim Drescher) August 23 - Deluge Lake Trail (contact Ken Harper) August 24 - Lily Pad Lake Trail Bridge Construction

2019 POSTS

MARIA LEECH won first place in our 2019 PHOTO CONTEST. Maria will receive a canvas-mounted copy of her photo. The photo was taken from the summit of Buffalo Mountain looking north towards Red Mountain Pass. Maria was an intern wilderness ranger with the Dillion Ranger District last summer and participated in numerous multi-day trips where she and her crew cleared dead trees from trails, mitigated illegal campfire rings, and educated visitors. Congratulations, Maria, from everyone at FENW/ESWA. The photo is our number one display on this website.
1 August - The August  FENW eNewsletter is all about the famous 1935 Colorado Mountain Club expedition into the heart of the Gore Range. Written by  Stan Moore, whose father Charlie led two dozen women and men on a two week explosion of peak bagging - including some first ascents, the newsletter features a wonderful gallery of historic photos.
6 July - Read about the WEED MITIGATION work of JIM ALEXANDER on the front page of this week's SUMMIT DAILY. Jim is carrying on the long tradition established by JOHN TAYLOR. Sign up for Jim's crew to map weed infestation sites (which will be treated by trained crews that are funded by a $16,000 grant obtained by Jim and awarded to FENW). Read more about Jim's work in a recent  FENW eNewsletter.
ALSO - join Jim and John this Saturday at the SALT LICK trail for a weed pull sponsored by the SIERRA CLUB.
1 July 2019: In the  July FENW eNewsletter, MIKE BROWNING talks about his 1990 ascent of Mt. Everest, and how vastly different it was than the recent crowds. Mike and his small team pretty much had the mountain all to themselves.
Mike reflects on how his experience on Everest impacts his appreciation of our Colorado Wilderness areas, and offers concrete advice for us as we think globally and act locally. 
1 June 2019: In the  June FENW eNewsletter, PAIGE SINGER extends her description of wildlife crossing structures. A proven success on State Highway 9 in the Blue River Valley with the construction of multiple wildlife over- and under-passes (as Paige described  last month), the project will be extended to Vail Pass in the new plan, called Summit County  Safe Passages Connectivity Plan for Wildlife.

18 May 2019: The USFS Rocky Mountain Regional Forester announced plans to allow temporary use of chain saws in Wilderness to clear trees across trails. FENW Board member Dr. Frank Gutmann responded on behalf of FENW, urging use of traditional tools. His letter was published in both the Summit Daily and the  Vail Daily.

23 May UPDATE: Three conservation groups sue the Forest Service to block chain saw use in Wilderness -  Durango Herald     
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 jimofcolorado@gmail.com
•	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 United

John 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.”

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