Mission & Goals


1. EDUCATION We fund and install trailhead Bulletin Boards with Interpretive Posters about the area, trails, regulations, and related information We fund and install Wilderness portal signs We funded a Wilderness Interpretive Display at the Dillon Ranger District Office in SilverthorneWe donated funds to the U.S. Forest Service to employ a Wilderness Ranger for Wilderness hunting patrol during hunting season. The patrol also benefits the Colorado Division of Wildlife
2. OUTREACH We sponsored the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (youth and at-risk youth) on three successful projects: – building the Middle Willow Creek bog bridge – replacing bridges over Slate Creek and Squaw Creek – reconstructing the Buffalo Mountain Trail We partnered with Summit Fat Tire Society and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado on projects We provided organizational assistance to the Wilderness Stewardship Network, White River Wilderness Coalition,and Friends of Dillon Ranger District
3. ADVOCACY ESWA has been an active participant in: the White River National Forest Forest Plan revision process, including the Special Areas Work Group, the Travel Management work group, and the Forest Plan Revision forum in Summit County the White River Wilderness Coalition, helping to develop input to Congress on proposed wilderness additions for the White River National Forest as envisioned in the revised Forest Plan. Summit County Planning, including the Winter Trail Management work group, the Wildlife and Wetland Advisory Commission, and the Lower Blue Trails Technical Advisory group
4. STEWARDSHIP ESWA sponsors several trail maintenance projects each year, providing the muscle to help the U.S. Forest Service. These projects include Gateways in June – annual trail clearing and maintenance Trail reroutes Bridge construction and replacement Campsite rehabilitation A tool cache shared with other trail groups