Our purpose is to partner with Deschutes and Willamette National Forests in caring for Central Oregon wilderness areas in the Cascade Mountains. Each summer these areas attract intense summer recreation use. The result is over 4200 backcountry campsites, widening trails, hundreds of pounds of trash each year, and other impacts. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Friends of the Central Cascades Wilderness seeks to engage in activities which will:
- Maintain wilderness for present and future generations.
- Promote wilderness practices which minimize recreation impact.
- Provide opportunities to learn about wilderness, low impact practices, and wilderness enjoyment.
- Host wilderness outings and educational events to promote stewardship and provide financial support of Friends of Central Cascade Wilderness.
- Recruit core volunteers for leadership roles and hands on stewardship. (Want to help power us in a big way? Let us know at email@example.com.)
- Volunteers in leadership roles participate in wilderness training, share their knowledge and experience with other wilderness stewards, and support boots on the ground projects, education, and outreach.
- Recruit volunteers to perform five hands on, ranger led wilderness stewardship projects. Install 40 trail junction signs.
- Continue operating a website (not this one) which allows volunteer trail monitors to share trip reports with the U.S. Forest Service.
- Build a volunteer base that spreads the stewardship message and supports FCCW financially.
2017 and Beyond
- Use media coverage and community events to create a public awareness of the importance of wilderness preservation and an understanding of the work of the U.S. Forest Service and Friends of the Central Cascades Wilderness. This includes creating a website to help individuals plan their successful Wilderness outings.
- Continue to build the volunteer base so that all Central Cascades wildernesses will have trained FCCW leadership and an adequate number of volunteers for stewardship.
- Form long term relationships with individuals, communities, organizations, businesses and universities to help achieve these goals.
- Maintain a wilderness volunteer ranger program and trail head steward program.
- Maintain regular communication between volunteers and wilderness rangers to share ideas, discuss issues and plan projects.
- Expand our operations to include the Waldo Lake Wilderness.
- Build and install Deschutes and Willamette Wilderness trail junction signs.
- Develop a skilled Board of Directors to sustain FCCW for generations.