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Volunteer rangers sought in Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – 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 April 30, either through http://www.fenw.org or by calling volunteer coordinator, Ken Harper, at 970-390-1341. Training will be held May 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Minturn Town Hall building with coffee and snack 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 identify noxious weeds.

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