If you already hike or ride the trails and want to do so with an added purpose, consider becoming a Poudre Wilderness Volunteer (PWV) next year. PWV collects names and contact information of potential members throughout the year, but begins its annual application process in January/February. The on-line application, available from PWV.org, closes in March. We conduct interviews in March/April, and our annual, mandatory field training for new members takes place in May. While most of our members actively patrol trails, we can always use volunteers who share our values but serve in other ways (e.g., fundraising, committee work, website development and maintenance, office support). Some prospective recruits participate this way, as off-trail members, until they can join.
PWV members range from 18 to 80 and cover a broad spectrum of professions, knowledge, and skills. What we have in common is our love for the wilderness and a dedication to learning and teaching Leave-No-Trace principles. We make a commitment to “hike and ride with a purpose” at least six days during the summer months. We wear a uniform shirt and name badge and serve by assisting and educating the public and protecting and conserving the resource. Other tasks that we perform while hiking: keep records and report observations and violations to the USFS; report sign and other trail-safety issues; deal with illegal/improper campsites, fire rings, and trash; report downed trees blocking trails (if can’t remove by ourselves) and noxious weed infestations; perform minor trail maintenance; and make new friends, get some exercise, and visit beautiful places. We cover our own travel costs and supply our own equipment and horses. We do not have any law enforcement responsibility, carry firearms, or patrol with pets. Some of us only go out for a day at a time while others make extended backpacking or stock packing patrols in the high country. We need your help!