Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Sounds of Nature

Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park, CO (2008)

This week's New York Times has an interesting article describing the National Park Service's efforts to restore natural sounds and minimize intrusive noise in California's Muir Woods National Monument. Whether the whir of automobiles, the roar of construction crews, or the hum of campground generators, such commotion can disturb not only visitor experiences but also wildlife, with potentially serious consequences.

And as this article makes resoundingly clear, there's a lot that can be done to cut down on this intrusive noise pollution and preserve the acoustics and sounds of these national treasures.

Get the full story here and check out the National Park Service's audio gallery of natural sounds.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

And They're Off!

We sent out rackcards to about 250 locations this week, including backpacking stores across the country. We want to get noticed by those folks who have never heard of Wilderness Volunteers but would like to spend a week Giving Something Back to our public lands.

We could really use your help with this -- if you know of a place where outdoorsy types would be likely to see our rackcards, let us know and we'll send you a packet. Contact either or

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Even More WV Buzz

Last fall, WV first-timer Vicki Larson spent a week backpacking in southern Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Having heard of our program through a friend, Vicki decided it was time to "give something back" by joining our group intent on clearing the Escalante River of invasive Russian olive trees. Little did we know that in "real life" Vicki is Lifestyle Editor at the Marin Independent Journal. She wrote this wonderful testimonial account of her outstanding week along a desert river filled with natural wonder -- springs seeping from hanging gardens, natural bridges and arches, flash floods and 12 new friends!

Friday, February 04, 2011

Wilderness Volunteers Buzz

Wilderness Volunteers is featured in a new blogpost on "Volunteer Vacays", and also on the Weightwatchers site in an article on "Great Volunteer Vacations." Be sure to read these articles and like or mention them on your Facebook page to continue the Buzz!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

WV Portland REI

This February 22nd at 7pm PST, Wilderness Volunteers leader and participant Maidie Kenney will be leading a discussion about "Volunteer Vacations" at REI's Hillsboro, OR location. Maidie will be speaking about her experience as a WV volunteer and will be sharing photos from her recent trips.

(Note: she knows her way around a camera, as proven by her 3rd place finish in the 2010 WV Photo Contest, so I'm sure you're all in for a treat).

The event is free to all who attend - and no experience is necessary. Come on out and learn about pulaskis, cross-cut saws, backcountry gourmet cooking, and what it means to "give something back." Click here for more details.

And thanks in advance to Maidie for spreading the word!