Robert Scifres: Wilderness areas

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Do you have cabin fever? Are you tired of watching soap operas? Are you ready to get out and see the majesty that surrounds you? Are you interested in seeing the places around Steamboat up close and personal? Are you ready to stretch your muscles and get some exercise while seeing the beauty of your surroundings? We have just the answer. Join the Friends of Wilderness and help the U.S. Forest Service keep the wilderness clean and healthy.

Friends of Wilderness and your local Forest Service are in need of volunteer help in the Routt-Bears Ears and Yampa ranger districts. Our primary focus is providing the public with educational information about the wilderness while hiking in the Mount Zirkel, Sarvis Creek and Flat Tops wilderness areas. Friends of Wilderness also can provide other volunteer opportunities. There are opportunities for trail work, such as clearing trails of downed trees and cleaning water bars. Not a big hiker? Don’t really want to cut trees off trails with hand tools? We are always looking for those who would be interested in website work, helping with Fish Creek Falls, trailer maintenance, grant writing and other opportunities.

Working as a volunteer with Friends of Wilderness, you will meet some very interesting fellow Steamboaters, wonderful people from all across the world who come here to hike some of the most beautiful places in Colorado, and provide a valuable service in helping to maintain our wilderness areas. On Wednesday, we are planning a new member orientation at 9 a.m. at the Forest Service office on 925 Weiss Drive. At the meeting you will learn about wilderness and the role the Friends of Wilderness plays in helping the Forest Service manage the wilderness. The meeting will cover member requirements, an introduction to wilderness concepts and how you can become part of a wonderful volunteer group. You have talents that can make our organization even better. Come and give us a try.

Robert Scifres

Friends of Wilderness

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