Summit County forest groups host wilderness trail maintenance day
August 8, 2014
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, volunteers are invited to participate in a wilderness trail maintenance day Saturday, Aug. 9, sponsored by Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and the Forest Service.
The event also will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Eagles Nest friends group, said Currive Craven, the nonprofit's board director and co-founder.
Summit residents will have an opportunity to help take care of what's in their backyards, he said, and they will be able to learn more about the Leave No Trace environmental ethic.
"Everybody does have a cumulative impact" on the trails, Craven said, and with federal budget tensions hampering some forest management activities in recent years, it's even more important for people in the High Country to think about how they can contribute.
"Partnerships are going to be the way of the future," he said, speaking of the Summit Fat Tire Society, Summit County Off-Road Riders and other local groups that do trail maintenance projects and get involved in forest planning.
He hopes the event attracts younger people, second-home owners and others who want to get involved with local volunteer projects.
Under the leadership of trained wilderness stewards and forest rangers, volunteers will be organized into trail crews and dispatched to local trailheads for trail work in the Eagles Nest Wilderness.
Volunteers will gather at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning at Silverthorne's North Pond Park for a light breakfast, then carpool to the trailheads.
Training, tools and safety equipment will be provided.
The group will reconvene at the North Pond Park at 1:30 p.m. for a Wilderness Act birthday picnic. Craven described the lunch as a "good old-fashioned cookout" with hamburgers, hot dogs and barbecue.