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Volunteer Rangers

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by Robert Barossi

In some of this country’s enormous wilderness areas, it’s volunteers who often keep an eye on things. Monitoring activities by visitors while acting as the eyes and ears of the larger organizations and agencies who own/manage the land, volunteers are an invaluable resource.  This great story out of Colorado details how a group of dedicated and passionate volunteers have been doing this kind of work for ten years now. Since 1994, Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness have been assisting the U.S. Forest Service through its volunteer ranger program. The volunteer rangers spend time during the summer months hiking into the wilderness. Among other things, they “count people, track group sizes, note weather, collect trash and focus on education instead of law-breaking,” according to the article. The volunteer rangers log thousands of hours spent in the wilderness, doing whatever they can to help protect and preserve this pristine area.

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Two Tales of Hard Working Volunteers

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by Robert Barossi

Some days, there are so many great stories out there about the amazing work of environmental volunteers, it’s hard to choose just one to post on here. So, this morning, I’m not going to limit it to just one. These two articles really stood out as great stories of the kind of hard work that environmental volunteers are doing every day, in every corner of the planet.

First, out of Washington, is a story about a group of volunteers who are removing a section of pavement so they can replace it with plants and create urban green space. The Pierce Conservation District is leading the effort to change this small portion of Tacoma and reclaim it for nature. Volunteers are lifting out the sections of broken-up pavement and will soon plant trees and shrubs in it’s place, which will provide a number of benefits for the community.

Second, from Colorado, near Aspen, comes a inspiring story about an environmental organization and the amazing strides it and its volunteers have made in the area. Now in it’s 20th year of land stewardship, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is an active and successful organization, leading efforts that range from building trails to environmental education in local classrooms.

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