Located in North Eastern Oregon, the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest encompasses 2.3 million acres, including the Hell’s Canyon Wilderness and the Eagle Cap Wilderness. With elevation ranges between 875 and near 10,000 feet above sea level, the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is a land of extremes, containing several of Oregon’s eco-regions, and offering a vibrant geologic history. The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, as part of the Nez Perce’s original range, also boasts a rich cultural story.
The land, shaped by plate tectonics and further carved by volcanoes, rivers, and glaciers, now provides homes for fauna such as bighorn sheep, mountain goats, cougars, black bear, rattlesnake, sturgeon, varieties of salmon, golden eagles, pikas, wolves, and elk, as well as an impressive array of wildflowers. Amongst the flora and fauna are a number of species endemic to the region.
Due to intense increases in elevation, the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is favored by visitors that utilize the art of packing. In winter, the forest plays host to adventurous Nordic skiers and snowshoers.
The crew will be based out of Enterprise, Oregon, for the duration of the season and primarily servicing the Eagle Cap Wilderness.
May 22: Members arrive in Seattle and travel to Camp Don Bosco
May 23 - 25: Orientation
May 26 - 27: Wilderness First Aid
May 28: Travel day from Camp Don Bosco to River Ranch camp
May 29 - June 2: Work skills
June 3: Leave camp for an awesome road trip to Santa Fe National Forest!
June 5: National Trails Day - go love your favorite trail!
June 8: Arrive in Santa Fe and hike into the Winsor Trail campsite
June 9 - 21: First hitch, on the Winsor Trail, Pecos District, with Santa Fe Crew 1. Work will include three bridges; two sets of rock steps; installation of a sign post; out with the old wood water bars and in with the new rock ones; and re-establishing tread by armoring, insloping and outsloping.
June 22 - July 5: Second hitch, on the Water Canyon, Mitchell, and Valle Canyon Trails, Española District. Work will include a four-step re-route, tread work, and a bit of brushing.
The Carson-Iceberg Wilderness is a spectacular area of California's Sierras. The wilderness area contains land on both sides of the Sierra Nevada Crest, and as a result has a variety of land characteristics due to elevation and precipitation levels. The trail crew will be working mainly on the eastern side of the Carson-Iceberg doing trail maintenance. Home base during days off will be the Wheeler Guard station located outside of Bridgeport, CA.