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    • 17 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)
    • Questa Ranger Station, Questa, NM 87556
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    Join us on Tuesday, July 17, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM for the planning meeting for Trail Route and Groundtruthing.  

    The purpose of this meeting is to schedule and plan field visits to walk sections of trail that may be proposed in the Questa to Red River Trail plan.

    Please contact Spencer Plumb at splumb@nationalforests.org with questions

    • 18 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
    • Uncommon Ground | 1401 W Devon Ave, Chicago
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    Join the National Forest Foundation (NFF) and Uncommon Ground Restaurant for a community night to learn about and support Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and all its partners.

    The night will kick off with a specially crafted organic small-bites menu and cocktails on Uncommon Ground’s rooftop garden followed by lively round of Midewin Pub Trivia, Silent Auction, and remarks from the NFF and partners.

    Wednesday, July 18th 

    6:00 to 8:30 PM


    Tickets

    $35 per person | $60 for two

    Family rates are available, please contact Emily Struss at 

    estruss@nationalforests.org for more information. 


    Uncommon Ground 

    1401 W Devon Ave, Chicago 


    Questions

    If you have any questions or need additional information please contact     Emily Struss at estruss@nationalforests.org or 406-830-3360.


    • 24 Jul 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Audio Conference Details: Conference Number(s): 1-800-576-6614 To join the web conference: http://nationalforestfoundation.adobeconnect.com/join/
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    Partner and Data Providers in Landscape-scale Monitoring

    Peer Learning Session

    Sponsored by the Ecological Restoration Institute in partnership with the National Forest Foundation

    You're invited to join an upcoming webinar!

    This session will focus on strategies for joining with partners to collect, analyze, and manage data for landscape-scale assessments and monitoring. Our speakers will provide examples of technical tools and approaches from their work and discuss the outcomes of partnerships with the USDA Forest Service and other agencies.

    The target audience for this session is the USDA Forest Service regional, forest-level, and research staff and technical partners engaged in restoration and monitoring work.

    Featured speakers:

    • Zachary Wurtzebach, Colorado State University
    • Jennifer Timmer, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
    • Jeffery Cannon, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute

      Please note that this session begins at 2:00 PM Eastern. This session is being recorded and will be available on National Forest Foundation's website.



      • 28 Jul 2018
      • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
      • Seneca Rocks Trail & Seneca Rocks Discovery Center
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      Saturday, July 28 | 9:00 to 2:30 

      Meet at the Seneca Rocks Visitor Center 

      REI, the National Forest Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, American Conservation Experience (ACE) and the Student Conservation Association are joining together on July 28th to celebrate your National Forests and the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act. The celebration will be at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center.

      Join community partners as we celebrate the Spruce Knob and Seneca Rocks recreation areas and the trails that get us there. Lend a hand on a Saturday to help maintain the Seneca Rocks Trail.

      The day will begin at 9am at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center. Check in between 9a and 10a for a brief welcoming and orientation. Volunteers will need to be prepared for the day and have sturdy hiking boots, long pants, work gloves, plenty of water, snacks, and other clothing appropriate for the weather. We will be working on the trail rain or shine.

      The work will be led by staff from the Monongahela Nantahala Forest, ACE and SCA Crew Leaders. We will provide an orientation to tools and safety, talk about trail maintenance, and then get to work! We will break up into several groups to do some trail maintenance on the Seneca Rocks Trail.

      Around 12:30, we will pack up and head down from the trail to the Discovery Center to wrap up with a big Thank You to our volunteers!

      We hope you can join us to help celebrate National Forests and the Trails.

      This program is open to individuals and families with children 12 and older. Pre-registration is required, participation is FREE.



      • 30 Jul 2018
      • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
      • Nantahala District of the Nantahala National Forest, southeast of Highlands, North Carolina
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      The National Forest Foundation (NFF), REI and the Forest Service are joining together on July 30th to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act AND the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act.  The event will celebrate the Chattooga River – which is protected as a national Wild and Scenic River. The Chattooga also bisects the Ellicott Rock Wilderness which straddles three states (Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina) and three National Forests (the Chattahoochee, Nantahala and Sumter National Forests).

      Known as the "Crown Jewel" of the southeast, the Chattooga was the first river east of the Mississippi to be granted the Wild & Scenic designation, and is still the only one that is commercially rafted.

      About the day:

      The day will begin at 9am at the County Line Trailhead with a brief welcoming and orientation. Volunteers will need to be prepared for the day and have sturdy hiking boots, long pants, work gloves, plenty of water, snacks, and other clothing appropriate for the weather. We will be working on the trail rain or shine.

      The day will be led by staff from the U. S. Forest Service in partnership with the National Forest Foundation and Youth Crew Corps members.  After the orientation we will break up into several groups to do some trail maintenance on the County Line and Chattooga River Trail.  We will be sure to provide an orientation to tools and safety, talk about trail maintenance, and then get to work!

      Around 12:30, we will pack up and hike back to the trail head to mosey down the road about 5-10 minutes to the Ammons Branch primitive camp  to wrap up with lunch and a big Thank You to our volunteers!

      This program is open to individuals and families, including children 12 and older. Pre-registration is required, participation is FREE. 

      Four days before the event we will send out an email to all attendee with a reminder of details, what to bring and directions to the trailhead and campground. 

      Questions

      Please contact Mark Shelley at mshelley@nationalforests.org



      • 01 Aug 2018
      • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
      • Stevens Pass Mountain Resort
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      The National Forest Foundation, Stevens Pass Mountain Resort and U.S. Forest Service are excited to host a Friends of the Forest® volunteer stewardship event to remove trash from the mountain slopes of scenic Stevens Pass. Volunteers will have an opportunity to ride a ski lift to reach cleanup areas.  Complimentary lunch will be provided by the Stevens Pass Mountain Resort.  

      Volunteers must register by July 22, 2018.

      Volunteers should bring rain gear, bug repellent, and, in order to work on the steep slopes, wear ankle supporting boots with good traction (i.e. hiking or work boots). 

      When: 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

      Who: 150 volunteers and staff

      Where: Base area of the Stevens Pass Mountain Resort

      TRASH TREASURE HUNT!

      We will be giving prizes to the finders of the most unique pieces of trash! 

      DIRECTIONS

      The base area of the resort is located south of US-2 approximately 2 hours from Seattle and 40 minutes from Leavenworth. From Seattle, take I-405 North to exit 23 (Highway 522) for Wenatchee/Monroe, then travel east on US-2 for 50 miles to the resort. From Leavenworth, travel west on US-2 for 36 miles. Park at the south entrance near the base of the resort.

      CONTACT US

      Coordinate with Dayle Wallien (National Forest Foundation) at 206.832.8280, dwallien@nationalforests.org 


      • 11 Aug 2018
      • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM (MDT)
      • Quandary Peak Trailhead, Dillon Ranger District, White River National Forest
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      Thank you for signing up to volunteer through the National Forest Foundation Find Your Fourteener campaign. The NFF and partners are working collaboratively to increase the pace and scale of trail improvements and ecological restoration. Our vision is to work together, with you, to build and maintain a sustainable trails network, ensuring these peaks remain healthy and inviting for decades to come. With help from skilled, passionate volunteers like you, we can complete even more on-the-ground work on Colorado’s Fourteeners. Every volunteer in the Fourteener community is important in this long-term effort, and we are grateful for your help!

      When you volunteer on Quandary Peak on August 11th, you can expect to get your hands dirty with staff and volunteers from Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, White River National Forest, and National Forest Foundation.

      On behalf of all of the organizations involved in the Find Your Fourteener campaign, thanks again for your interest in this project!

      DATE: Saturday, August 11, 2018

      LOCATION: Quandary Peak Trailhead, White River National Forest

      SCHEDULE: Please arrive in time to check in at 7:00 AM. (Plan to spend about 10 minutes parking and walking to the trailhead. Parking may be challenging because Saturdays in August can be very busy!). From here, we'll hike in to the different worksites. We'll break for lunch, and will hike out by 3:00 PM unless weather pushes us out earlier.

      • 7:00 AM – Check in at Quandary Peak Trailhead (look for staff/signs)
      • Sign forms as needed, distribute tools and personal protective equipment (work gloves, hard hats, glasses)
      • Hike in 0.5 to 1.5 miles
      • Divide into teams to work on timber structures, walls, check steps, and ecological restoration
      • Break for lunch and as needed
      • 3:00 PM – Hike out

      DIRECTIONS: From I-70 take Exit 203, Frisco/Breckenridge, and travel south on HWY 9 approximately 10 miles to the town of Breckenridge. Continue through Breckenridge on HWY 9 (Main Street). You will pass the Town of Blue River, travel 4 miles and then turn right onto Blue Lakes Road (FDR 850). There is a small sign on Colorado Hwy 9 indicating the turnoff to FDR 850 for Quandary Peak. Drive a few hundred yards and turn right on the 851 (McCullough Gulch) Road. Drive 0.1 mile to the signed trailhead and small parking area. If the small trailhead lot is full, cars should park down at the start of the FDR 850. PLEASE DO NOT park on the side of the road in front of homes.

      ITEMS TO BRING AND WEAR: Our mountain weather can change from warm and dry to cold and wet in a hurry. Please be prepared with the following:

      • Sturdy shoes (NO sandals)
      • Work gloves (if you have them)
      • Work clothes (something you don't mind getting dirty)
      • Water bottle(s) (totaling AT LEAST 2 liters per person)
      • Lunch (NFF will provide some snacks but please make sure to bring any special items, especially if you have dietary restrictions)
      • Hat, rain gear, sunglasses and WARM layers that you can put on
      • Sunscreen, insect repellent, personal items, medications, etc.
      • Backpack (day pack)
      • NO PETS ALLOWED

      REMINDERS: Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after the project. Smoking on any project is prohibited.

      For more information: For additional information please contact Emily Olsen at 720-219-0682 or eolsen@nationalforests.org

    If you have any questions about the above NFF Events please contact 

    Emily Struss at estruss@nationalforests.org or 406-830-3360, or

    Emily Olsen at esolen@nationalforests.org or 406-830-3369

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