Volunteer on the flood-damage North Fork Trail for National Public Lands Day

As a continuation of the great trail work Poudre Wilderness Volunteers do, especially following the September 2013 Flood, they are hosting a National Public Lands Day Event on Sept 27 at the flood-damaged North Fork Trail near Glen Haven.

Major work is required on this trail, with bridges and portions of the trail washed away. Volunteers have already done a lot of work on this trail. There is still a lot of work to be done and some of it won’t be completed until next year. But, following this trail work, a portion of this heavily damaged trail is expected to reopen.

“Reopening a portion of this trail in 2014 would not have been possible if it were not for the diligent work of Poudre Wilderness Volunteers and the public who donated their time to its repair,” Acting Canyon Lakes District Ranger Richard Edwards said.

Volunteers of all skill levels can participate, but must be at least 18 years old or 16 years old if accompanied by a parent. No dogs are allowed. Work includes moving rocks and downed trees, reestablishing the trail and helping with drainage issues. Those wanting to volunteer can sign up at www.poudrewildernessvolunteers.org. Details will be provided when volunteers sign up. Volunteers need to wear long sleeved shirts and pants (no shorts) and work boots. Be sure to bring water and snacks. Hard hats, gloves and tools will be provided. Volunteers will also receive lunch and a t-shirt. Every adult volunteer will also receive a “free day pass” to a National Park.

PWV is the key contact for the Canyon Lakes Ranger District for public work days. PWV works closely with the Forest Service and are trained by the forest in trail restoration. The outpouring of support for recovery work has been greatly appreciated; however, this work has to be carefully coordinated.

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