GCWG Wilderness Stewardship Training
Special to the Sky-Hi News
On Saturday, May 28, 22 members of the Grand County Wilderness Group (GCWG) participated in Wilderness Stewardship Training conducted by the US Forest Service. The training was conducted by Nick Schade, Natural Resource Recreation Specialist; Andy Borek, Lead Wilderness Ranger; and Miles Miller, Recreation Planner all employees of our local USFS Sulphur Ranger District.
Also special guest, Ralph Swain, Rocky Mountain Region Wilderness and Rivers Program Manager, shared his knowledge and insight on engaging the public in an effective, professional and safe manner utilizing a systematic, six-step process called WISDOM that he has developed over the years. Ralph emphasized using the “Authority of the Resource” to inform users of the reasons for the rules and practices necessary to maintain and preserve the natural solicitude, primitive nature and other wilderness characteristics of federally designated Wilderness Areas; now and for generations to come.
“The entire event provided us with positive, informative and useful tools to further our ability to engage with the public in the Wilderness” said Ann Steers, member of the GCWG.
Members of the GCWG will be hosting the Monarch Lake Cabin on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and the Junco Lake Cabin on Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer. They will also be hosting selected other trailheads leading into designated Wilderness Areas of Grand County. Additionally, GCWG members are encouraged to act as trail/campsite hosts whenever they are hiking or backpacking in the backcountry areas within the USFS Sulphur Ranger District.
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