COVID STAND DOWN NOTICE:
Effective April 30, 2020, the FOW Board agreed to extend its request to members to “stand down.”
In the interest of the health and safety of the public and our members
FOW WILL NOT SPONSOR OR SANCTION ANY FIELD WORK, PATROL OR TRAIL MAINTENANCE, UNTIL AT LEAST JUNE 15, 2020.
Please follow health guidelines. Stay Safer-At-Home and Stay Local.
FRIENDS OF WILDERNESS (FOW) assists the US FOREST SERVICE (USFS) in managing and protecting WILDERNESS areas in the ROUTT NATIONAL FOREST and parts of the WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST.
FOW is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization.
WHAT WE DO
While on the trail we represent the U.S. Forest Service by:
- Serving as volunteer wilderness rangers
- Educating the public
- Performing trail maintenance
- Reporting trail problems that need attention
- Maintaining trailhead registers and signs
- Monitoring campsites and rehabilitating fire rings
- Identifying and removing invasive noxious weeds
- Encouraging LEAVE NO TRACE practices
WHERE WE DO IT
We partner with the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears, Yampa, and Park’s Ranger Districts to perform work in the Mount Zirkel, Sarvis Creek, and Flat Tops Wildernesses, which are within the Routt and White River National Forests. Our Wilderness areas contain over 440,000 acres, 3330 miles of trails, 280 ponds and lakes, miles of high country fishable streams/lakes, and 15 peaks over 12,000 feet. Learn more about our Wilderness areas at www.wilderness.net.
WHO WE ARE
We are people who love to spend time in the mountains and on the trails. We value the protection of Wilderness and believe in Wilderness stewardship.
While we work with the U.S. Forest Service, we work for the Wilderness. We are volunteers who have agreed to assist the Forest Service where we can in their ongoing effort to manage our Wilderness areas.
While some of us enjoy meeting, greeting and education, other prefer to assist in trail maintenance and special projects. Everyone is welcome.