IPWA Volunteer Site
Brainard Lake road construction and closure (March-June 2018)
Brainard Road will be closed to all traffic (cars and bikes) from early March 2018 through Thursday, June 28 2018 (24-hours a day, seven days a week). This will allow for uninterrupted construction work and a safer construction zone.
The Brainard Recreation Area will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC during the same time period.
From June 29, 2018 through the end of construction, weekday access to both the road and recreation area may be impacted by potential delays from on-going road construction.
Sept 30 - Last Day for Summer Patrols
Due to the start of hunting season, September 30 is the last day for summer patrols.
Bears Active in Jasper, Diamond and Woodland Lake Zones.
FYI, we have received information from the USFS of a significant increase in bear activity in the Jasper, Diamond and Woodland Lake Zones. Reports of bears getting into food (even if properly hung from trees) along with harassing campers through the night. The USFS is working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to determine the best course of action.
If folks could increase patrolling these areas and sharing the following message with the public that would be great:
THERE ARE A HIGH NUMBER OF BEARS IN THE AREA!
They are associating these camp areas with food, and are not fearful of humans.
If you are camping in these areas there is a high likelihood you will encounter a bear. If you are uncomfortable don’t camp in these areas. If you decide to camp it is encouraged to bring a bear proof canister for food storage or properly hang your food (although bears have been rewarded with food from properly hung food).
For more information on living with beers, see the following:
No Firearms Allowed
Per USFS regulations IPWA volunteers are not allowed to carry firearms while acting as a volunteer.
Lost Lake No Permit Required
Just a reminder Lost Lake accessed from the Hessie Trail is not in the wilderness. No permit is required for camping and dogs are allowed off leash at Lost Lake.
Illegal camp sites: cannot touch personal belongings
Clarification: we are not legally allowed to interact with anyone's personal belongings, or to even unzip a tent. If you see someone in an illegal camp site, you may let them know the rules and request they move their site. Please notify Mary ASAP via email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) and she will attempt to contact them the next morning.
The Colorado Department of Wildlife issued an updated Moose Warning bulletin after two women got stomped in Jamestown.
Adopt-A-Lake: Additional Information for Lake Reports
Mary Kalendovsky of the Forest Service has requested more information specific to camping areas around the lakes. We have added the request for more information when volunteers are going to be observing or doing light restoration work around the lake/camp areas. You will see this when scheduling your hike and when you input your report. We hope to expand on this as the hiking season progresses, to help in getting volunteer and Forest Service resources to the areas most in need.
Watanga and Stone Lake Fires are Permitted
Around Watanga and Stone Lakes fires are permitted. Legal fire rings should be left intact in these areas.
Fires in Watanga and Stone Lake area are legal if they are more than 100 feet from a trail, lake or a stream.
IPWA Training Pre-work
Please take this amazing and FREE on-line training, “The Wilderness Act of 1964”.
To take the course copy this link in your browser http://provalenslearning.com/courses/carhart-interagency-wilderness-training-the-wilderness-act-of-1964
Then, select “Add to Cart”. From there it’s just like buying a new backpack on-line, you “proceed to checkout” and do not need to provide any credit card information as it is free. ..you will need to create an account, the course will show up in “My courses”.
I urge everyone to please take this course as it will be an invaluable resource.
Jonathan Brooks - USDA Forest Service, Wilderness and Trails Program Manager