Regional WCT Program:
Field Trips

 
Wilderness Core Team members pause for a rest while hiking to Missouri Lakes in the Holy Cross Wilderness, managed by the White River National ForestPopulation growth and increased urban development adjacent to national forest wildernesses in Colorado has significantly increased over the past decade. In some wildernesses, recreation use exceeds Forest Plan standards and guidelines for visitation resulting in resource damage. In order to address this complex problem and to plan a strategy to protect wilderness character into the future, the Wilderness Core Team (WCT) is hosting several Wilderness Field Trips.
 
Wilderness Core Team members nearing the summit of Mt. Bierstadt, 14,060 ft., in the Mount Evans Wilderness, managed by the Arapaho and Pike National ForestsThese field trips will bring Forest Service line officers, wilderness managers, partners and user groups together for a closer examination of the issues related to high use. Also, it will provide a forum for discussing how to manage these popular wilderness destinations in the future.
 
Three field trips allowed on-site observation of resource impacts in Colorado wildernesses with close proximity to Front Range communities. The three field trips organized were intended to show:
  • Holy Cross Wilderness – Missouri Lakes:
    • To observe campsite impacts at a popular lake basin in a Front Range wilderness, such as the Holy Cross Wilderness managed by the White River National Forest
  • Indian Peaks Wilderness – Brainard Lake:
    • To observe high day-use in a popular Front Range wilderness, such as the Indian Peaks Wilderness managed by the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
  • Mount Evans Wilderness – Mt. Bierstadt:
    • To observe high use of a popular 14er climb in a Front Range wilderness, such as Mt. Bierstadt (elevation 14,060 feet) in the Mount Evans Wilderness managed by the Arapaho and Pike National Forests
 





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