As the article explains, folks of the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) have found a way to stoke interest in trail work, and in designating more areas as wilderness, through the fun and finesse it takes to manage a cross-cut saw, and maybe do it faster than your friend. SAWS was especially interested in gaining more trail work support from the college and older age set, and found that the competitive edge of working a saw helps bring people out to work on the public lands, and work hard.VWA's dedicated Trail Crew Leaders are always looking for more hearty volunteers to help brush, grub and saw on the trails of the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness areas. (The US Forest Service routinely organizes crosscut saw trainings for its employees and forest working volunteers to maintain and teach proficiency and skill. All Trail Crew outings using crosscut saws are lead or accompanied by a certified sawyer.) Check the VWA Trail Crew page for more information and how you can get involved, and maybe find yourself behind a saw!
A recent article in Outside Magazine expounded the allures of wilderness trail work and the use of the crosscut saw. Read it here.
Wilderness protection status prohibits the use of mechanized and motorized equipment (except in special circumstances) in a designated wilderness area, no chainsaws or weed-whackers, just good ol’ fashion hand tools. For …View full post
The recent government shutdown not only affects those who work for the Federal Government, but even those who wish to volunteer their time!
What cruel irony that “shovel ready” volunteer driven efforts on Forest lands, such as the VWA’s Trail Crew, Volunteer Wilderness Ranger program and Youth in Wilderness Stewardship activities, are all …View full post
The Carmel River is soon to be flowing more freely. Early this summer de-construction begun on the 106 foot antiquated San Clemente Dam that sits 18.5 miles upstream from the ocean. Once complete, a watershed restoration process will help bring the Carmel River back to its vital self and provide open access to over 25 …View full post
The Full moon this week of September is known as the Harvest Moon, the full moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox (day of equal light and dark), which marks the beginning of Fall on September 22nd. They say it got its name from the extra light provided to farmers in this busy time of …View full post
The Ventana Wilderness Alliance will once again present the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, this year in the heart of Big Sur at the Henry Miller Memorial Library, on the evening of Saturday September 14th, 2013. Click here for ticket info. The Wild Scenic Film Festival features environmental and adventure films that educate and inspire, …View full post