Arkansas Headwaters Wilderness Partners GARNA Chapter
Activities of the 2009 Season-posted December 8, 2009
During the second full season of GARNA’s wilderness chapter, the group continued its efforts to widen the number of volunteers committed to wilderness area trips to inventory campsites. Competition from longer-established (and much-needed) volunteer programs on the Colorado and Continental Divide Trails, trails serving 14ers, and even GARNA’s own Friends of Fourmile chapter make it challenging to recruit for the Arkansas Headwaters Wilderness Partners. However, the main ”champions” of this new chapter, encouraged by the Forest Service’s Leadville District’s wilderness ranger and with support from the District Ranger, remain committed to keeping the fledgling program going and growing.
Quick check on activities of the 2009 season
The season’s featured work program combined campsite removal with reducing camper impacts on the habitat of the Boreal Toad around Hartenstein Lake in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area. The Boreal Toad http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/amphibians/borealtoad/, although not listed officially as endangered, is nonetheless a species in decline; the Forest Service (and other agencies) is committed to taking actions to foster its recovery such as identifying critical habitat and reducing visitor impacts on these areas. The photos below illustrate the October 21-23, 2009 AHWP/USFS team’s efforts. Photos by Karen and Alan Robinson.