This time of year, it’s good to reflect on the people you’re thankful for. And here at Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, we’re thankful for the many volunteers that make our work possible. Whether it’s educating local classrooms about their wild backyard, making and improving trails or reaching out to the public, they make wilderness better for everyone.
We recently spoke to two of our volunteers about their experiences working with FSPW. Wendy Lawerance hit the trails with us this year to make sure hikers have a great experience when they explore their wild backyard. It’s thanks to people like her that wild places are open to everyone.
Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness: What inspired you to volunteer this year?
Wendy Lawerance: Last year we met someone at an IPA Tap Takeover, and they told us all about how great the volunteer program was. Then, a friend was volunteering as an Ambassador, and I decided to tag along. I thought it would be nice to meet new, like-minded people and get to know our area trails.
FSPW: What was your most memorable section of trail?
WL: My most memorable trail experience in the Scotchmans this summer was volunteering as a Trail Ambassador. I was pleasantly surprised to find hikers so receptive to stopping and talking about the wild mountain goats. Everyone on the trail seemed so happy. Another part of the Scotchmans was memorable in the Ross Creek Cedar trailwork. Learning about how trails are made was really fun and interesting. These trails aren’t just made by hiking on them, but actually take thought and effort to create a useable trail.
FSPW: Would you recommend volunteering with us again? Why?
WL: Definitely. It’s a great way to get out, learn about our area, and meet people.