Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Project Videos: Pinnacles NP, Mojave NP, Pt. Reyes NS

Veteran Wilderness Volunteer Tom Coroneos has done more than 20 projects giving back all over the country! And beyond being an excellent volunteer, he's terrific at making movies, having put together many great videos, including several about his recent WV projects! Take a gander at Tom's excellent work below:

Pinnacles National Park 2015

Mojave National Preserve 2015

Pt. Reyes National Seashore 2014

Mojave National Preserve 2014

And Tom is currently out in the field at the Pt. Reyes National Seashore project, so we can likely count on another video coming our way soon. Thanks Tom!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day!

At Wilderness Volunteers, we believe every day is a day worth celebrating the earth. But that doesn't mean we don't have fun and give something back on this nationwide day!

There are two great Wilderness Volunteers projects in the field this week, giving something back by stewarding our public lands on California's Lost Coast (pictured on the left) and around the slickrock arches and towers of Moab, Utah. While it's too late to join those projects, there are still many outdoor adventures available so that you can give back and celebrate the earth in 2015. Volunteers are need for projects in spectacular areas, such as Yosemite National Park, Sheldon Wildlife Refuge, the Mokelumne Wilderness high in the Sierra, and many more! And if you must get to Moab, there is another opportunity to give back there on the project in the cool and comfortable La Sal Mountains that provide the perfect backdrop for so many photos from the red rock desert.

If you have any questions about our projects or need a little help selecting the one that's right for you, please contact us at (928) 255-1128 or by email at info@wildernessvolunteers.org.

Thanks so much for giving something back with Wilderness Volunteers! Happy Earth Day!!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Moon Writing -- try this on your next adventure!

On your next outing with a full moon, try your hand at moon writing using a long exposure and moving your camera for a unique writing experience.

Check out this blog about photographer John Kraus creating this moon signature.


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Photos From the Field

Our 2014 photo contest had many wonderful submissions, such as the following great shots of the moon.

WV participant David Peters on two of his photos he took on the Continental Divide Trail building project in New Mexico's Gila National Forest:

I love taking photos of the moon, playing with exposures and focal distances and compositions. The photos are most special when I captured the moon juxtaposed against something distinctive in the place I’m visiting. On the Continental Divide trip, I had the advantage of a full moon and a clear sky at 8,600 feet above sea level. When the moon rose on the evening of the full moon, I thought I had missed the best opportunity because the divide ridge behind our camp obscured the moon until it was high in the sky. But I wandered around my tent site until I was able to place some ponderosa branches in front of the lunar image.

Then the next morning, as the moon was setting in the west, the rising sun illuminated the few clouds on the horizon, turning them a New Mexico pink and blue as ponderosa pines framed the image.

See more of these great photographer's works, as well as many more photos from our 2014 season at the gallery. And stay tuned for more information on the 2015 WV Photo Contest!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Yosemite Releases Bighorn Sheep

A dozen endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep were released in Yosemite National Park last week. They included nine ewes and three rams from the Inyo National Forest and Sequoia National Park.

The Sierra Nevada bighorn is the only federally endangered mammal in Yosemite, listed in 2000 after the population plunged to record lows (around 100). The park estimates that prior to the arrival of white settlers, the bighorn populations likely numbered in the thousands.

"Bighorn sheep are a true symbol of wilderness and represent the need to protect wild lands," said Frank Dean, Yosemite Conservancy President. "With the reintroduction, visitors will experience a wilderness similar to that found in the days of John Muir, when large alpine wildlife was abundant."

Read more here.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Wilderness Trends

The Forest Service conducted surveys in 1970, 1982 and 2004 to look at the most used trailheads, frequency of visits, and reasons for visiting wilderness along with other questions. They noticed that visitors to wilderness are increasingly older, more experienced, and have more education (62% had four-year college degrees or higher). Another shift was that wilderness users aren't staying as long as they used to; in 1970, the average number of nights was 5.1 compared to 3.3 in 2004.

In the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the average age of a visitor in 1969 was 26, in 1991 it had increased to 36, and in 2007 the average was 45.

What trends have you noticed in the backcountry?

(source at this link  and this link)

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

First Grid-connected Wave Power Plant Goes Live

The world's oceans are vast wilderness areas, a place where few people venture although many of our habits wreak havoc upon the waters. In Australia, a potentially good use has gone live recently. The world’s first wave power station has been activated off the coast of Western Australia (WA). The technology uses wave swells to create zero-emission power and zero-emission desalinated freshwater. The system is fully submerged with a buoy tethered to a pump on the ocean floor.

The Perth Wave Energy Project is the first grid connected commercial scale demonstration of this technology. More information here.