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Wanted: Volunteers to assist Forest Service

Are you looking for an opportunity to be actively engaged in showing your concern for the mountain environment and the wilderness areas of Grand County?

The Grand County Wilderness Group has been providing exactly those kinds of opportunities for over 20 years. They are a group of 120 volunteers who participate in trail maintenance, cabin hosting and educating the public regarding regulations in wilderness areas under the direction of the Sulphur Ranger district of the U.S. Forest Service.

There are volunteer activities to fit everyone’s physical and interest level, including:

Trail work including reroutes and maintenance with a special interest in the trail to Columbine Lake.

Forest service cabin hosting at Monarch Lake and Junco Lake which involves greeting area visitors, advising them on possible activities in the area, and communicating forest service rules and policies.

Other activities include an invasive weed eradication effort around Monarch Lake, bluebird box and osprey nest monitoring (an activity that may interest youth), monofilament collection for recycling and trailhead registration box monitoring.

Find more information at http://www.gcwg.org, or attend the spring member’s meeting, an annual planning and information session accompanied by a potluck. This year’s meeting takes place at 5:30 p.m. May 18 in the Rawley Room at Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA. The guest speaker is Ralph Swain, regional wilderness and rivers program manager. All are welcome.

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