May 20, 2014
The Friends of Eagles Nest Wilderness is recruiting volunteers for the Eagle County Volunteer Ranger Program. Volunteer rangers choose four days to hike wilderness trails such as Booth Falls, Pitkin Creek, Gore Greek, Missouri Lakes and others while assisting and educating visitors. Prospective volunteers should apply by calling volunteer coordinator Ken Harper at 970-390-1341. Training will be held May 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Minturn Town Hall building with coffee and snacks starting at 8:30 a.m. "Volunteer rangers are the face and eyes and ears of the Forest Service out on the trails. They help us reduce impact to our wilderness areas … by educating and assisting visitors," said Forest Service wilderness manager Sam Massman. Eagle County has nearly 200,000 acres of wilderness, and more than 80 percent of Eagle County is Forest Service land. Rangers help keep the Forest Service updated on any trail problems and help clear trails and identify noxious weeds.