Volunteers needed to help preserve and protect national parks

It wouldn’t make a very appealing Help Wanted ad. “Needed: Someone to put in long hours for no pay, walking long distances to help government workers do their job.” Nevertheless, some people might jump at the volunteer assignment because it involves hiking in world famous scenery and protecting some of the treasures of southeastern Utah. It’s a...

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Volunteer crews troll the forests to keep trails clear

Next time you hike a trail, pause a minute and give silent thanks to the legion of trail volunteers who have taken up arms and engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the forest, hacking back the undergrowth and clearing obstructive logs. Volunteer trail crews devoted 28,000 hours of labor in North Carolina national forests last year. It often seems like an uphill battle,...

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Help Build the Continental Divide Trail in Colorado Next Year

Volunteers in Colorado are helping to build a completely new hiking trail, called the Continental Divide Trail (CDT), that stretches from Mexico to Canada and across Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Volunteers with the Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA), based in Golden, Colorado, dig out the trail, clear vegetation and move huge boulders and trees...

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Volunteers give back to national parks

When Jim and Carol Miltimore approached officials at Mount Rainier National Park about volunteering, they thought the retired couple might spend a sunny afternoon bagging trash. They had no idea that six years later, the Enumclaw, Wash., couple would log more hours in the pristine park than many native bears. In six years, Jim, 70, and Carol, 63, have logged more than...

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National Public Lands Day is coming up

There are plenty of events going on across the country on Saturday, September 24th. This annual celebration of our country’s public lands was started in 1994 as an opportunity for the public to volunteer, improve, and maintain our public green spaces. It started out with 700 volunteers and three sites. Since the first year, it has continued to grow and last year over...

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Hard Working Wilderness Rangers

Wilderness Rangers Have Work Cut Out For Them in the backcountry. Hiking the backcountry in a national forest you expect to find mosquitoes, spot wildlife, discover a cache of mushrooms and see fellow hikers. If you are lucky you will encounter a wilderness ranger. The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest wilderness rangers patrol and maintain trails, lakes, campsites...

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