Friends of Wilderness
A group of Routt County volunteers have found a way to indulge their love of wild places while helping protect those areas. Their organization, Friends of the Wilderness, assists the U.S. Forest Service by maintaining trails and educating the public about respecting local wilderness areas.
“Our volunteers axre so, so dedicated,” said Suzanne Munn, volunteer coordinator. “They just take personal responsibility for our wilderness out there — after all, it’s our land.”
The organization started about 10 years ago with a group of active retirees volunteering for the Forest Service. In 2001, the volunteers formed Friends of the Wilderness and established a formal partnership with the agency.
The group, which attained nonprofit status in 2007, has grown to more than 30 volunteers. Together, they put in about 2,000 volunteer hours in the Mount Zirkel, Sarvis Creek and Flat Tops Wilderness areas last year.
Current volunteers’ ages range from 50 to 73, though they welcome members of all ages.
“Every year it gets bigger and better, and we see more results and accomplishments,” Munn said. “We’d love to have more people come on board.”
Aging Well? Yeah that’s a division of Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. I know these nurses and I can assure you that they are off the wall— in a totally good way. I love the work they are doing. Keep an eye out for them– more good stuff is coming our way.