Volunteers help haul trash out of Hermosa Wilderness

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Volunteers help haul trash out of Hermosa Wilderness

Hundreds of pounds taken from camps
Mounds of trash were collected at an old camp in Salt Creek by Forest Service staff and volunteers in the Hermosa Wilderness.
Volunteers Laurie Costello, left, and Jon Sherer secure one of many loads of trash carried out of the Hermosa Wilderness last month by Rosie the mule.
From left, San Juan National Forest Supervisor Kara Chadwick, volunteer Anne Malady, wilderness ranger Anne Dal Vera and volunteer Laurie Costello discuss how to dismantle an old latrine at an abandoned camp in Salt Creek.
Four Corners Backcountry Horsemen Bob Croll, left, and Jon Sherer pack one of many unwieldy loads of trash out of the upper Salt Creek drainage in the Hermosa Wilderness.
Columbine Wilderness Ranger Anne Dal Vera, right, and San Juan National Forest Supervisor Kara Chadwick help the volunteer crew dismantle an old corral illegally constructed in Salt Creek.
The Hermosa Wilderness lives up to its name, which in Spanish means beauty. Volunteers are needed to help clean up trash left at abandoned camps in the otherwise pristine area.
Wilderness rangers have posted entry signs along trails that enter the new Hermosa Wilderness, where only primitive forms of transportation are allowed, including backpacking and horseback riding.

Volunteers help haul trash out of Hermosa Wilderness

Mounds of trash were collected at an old camp in Salt Creek by Forest Service staff and volunteers in the Hermosa Wilderness.
Volunteers Laurie Costello, left, and Jon Sherer secure one of many loads of trash carried out of the Hermosa Wilderness last month by Rosie the mule.
From left, San Juan National Forest Supervisor Kara Chadwick, volunteer Anne Malady, wilderness ranger Anne Dal Vera and volunteer Laurie Costello discuss how to dismantle an old latrine at an abandoned camp in Salt Creek.
Four Corners Backcountry Horsemen Bob Croll, left, and Jon Sherer pack one of many unwieldy loads of trash out of the upper Salt Creek drainage in the Hermosa Wilderness.
Columbine Wilderness Ranger Anne Dal Vera, right, and San Juan National Forest Supervisor Kara Chadwick help the volunteer crew dismantle an old corral illegally constructed in Salt Creek.
The Hermosa Wilderness lives up to its name, which in Spanish means beauty. Volunteers are needed to help clean up trash left at abandoned camps in the otherwise pristine area.
Wilderness rangers have posted entry signs along trails that enter the new Hermosa Wilderness, where only primitive forms of transportation are allowed, including backpacking and horseback riding.
Leave No Trace

To minimize their impact in wilderness areas, campers should follow Leave No Trace principles and pack out what they bring in. Good planning includes deciding to not bring items that will be too difficult or time-consuming to pack out.
For more information, go to www.lnt.org.

To volunteer

Trail clearing and trash cleanup are tentatively scheduled for summer 2018. For more information and to sign up as a volunteer, contact Anne Dal Vera before Oct. 14 at 884-1415 or adalvera@fs.fed.us.