Volunteer – Wilderness Rangers

CONSIDER BECOMING A VOLUNTEER WILDERNESS RANGER
As an an all-volunteer organization, we depend for support entirely on lovers of wilderness like you! We offer two boots on the ground volunteer opportunities – Volunteer Wilderness Ranger (this page) and Trail Projects.

VWRs are on-the-trail multi-taskers, representatives of the United States Forest Service, meeting the public. They commit to a one-day training program, and at least four half-day trips in the field. To see the application, click here or see details at the bottom of this page.



Four Volunteer Rangers with one REAL USFS Ranger (second from left)

WHAT IS THE VOLUNTEER WILDERNESS RANGER PROGRAM?
Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness partners with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to help reduce the impacts of human activity in the Eagles Nest, Holy Cross, and Ptarmigan Peak Wildernesses.
Mission
– to help preserve and protect the natural conditions and Wilderness characteristics in the Eagles Nest, Holy Cross, and Ptarmigan Peak Wildernesses.
Goals
– to educate visitors and adjacent landowners of the values of Wilderness and of their role in maintaining the integrity of the Wilderness ecosystem.
– to teach visitors the

– to inform visitors about topics like natural history, trail and campsite locations and conditions, regulations, and wilderness history.
– to assist the USFS in quantifying and monitoring Wilderness conditions including noxious weeds, trail conditions, and recreational use.
– to foster stewardship for Wilderness among local residents, second-homeowners, and other visitors.
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Volunteer Benefits
– helping others
– being involved in the community
– contributing to a cause
– developing new skills & having new experiences
– using your skills in a productive way
– staying fit
– having fun

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VOLUNTEER WILDERNESS RANGER
APPLICATION FORM
FENW and the USFS request a commitment of at least four half-days between mid-May and mid-October that you will be available as a Wilderness Volunteer. (We may request that one day be in a specific area.)
Mandatory training for new volunteers is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, from 9 am until 4 pm at the Eagles Nest Community Center in Silverthorne (MAP). A light breakfast is provided. Bring a sack lunch. Have shoes and clothes for a practice ranger hike in the afternoon.
2016 pictures HERE
2015 pictures here

Questions? Contact Mike Mayrer or Ken Harper