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FOW WILL NOT SPONSOR OR SANCTION ANY FIELD WORK, PATROL OR TRAIL MAINTENANCE PRIOR TO AUTHORIZATION FROM THE USFS.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

GET INVOLVED

Leave No Trace

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Leave No Trace Seven Principles:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
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