Vacation in Idaho's stunning Clearwater Basin as a Wilderness Volunteer
Read the post about Wilderness Volunteer's Mallard Larkins project on The Wilderness Society's Blog.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
This year's Wilderness Volunteers projects have started, with one trip in the field this week, and three going out next week.
If you are preparing for your upcoming project, or for a backpack trip in the upcoming months, you are probably working on being in shape. These are some things you can do to help you hike stronger.
Increase your lung capacity by doing some interval training -- short bursts of aerobic work. One way to do this is to warm up for ten minutes by walking or jogging at your regular pace and then to alternate walking or jogging as fast as possible for three minutes with three minutes of slower walking or jogging. Repeat four times gradually building up to eight.
Strengthen your lower back by practicing the Superman: lie face down the lift your lets, chest, and arms off the ground. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Repeat three to five times.
|IT band stretch|
Strengthen outer knees (IT band) by moving your right leg behind your left, then bending left at the waist and keeping both feet flat on the ground. Hold this stretch for 20 - 30 seconds. Repeat on the right by moving your left leg behind your right leg and bending to the right at the waist. Alternate sides three times each.
These exercises, combined with actually getting out and doing some hiking on uneven terrain, will get you ready to have a safe and fun project.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Our 16th season of giving something back is now underway and there are still available spots on service projects in some seriously great wild places:
Alta Toquima Wilderness, June 23-29
Join us in the spectacular Jedidiah Smith Wilderness. Travelers comes from around the world to reach the storied and sometimes crowded parks of Yellowstone and Grand Tetons and experience the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. On the west side of the Teton range, stretching across the Wyoming and Idaho border lies the lush forests and gradual rise of the Jedediah Smith Wilderness, offering outstanding biodiversity without the crowds. We'll backpack in several miles and work on the Hominy Peak trail, rerouting and building erosion controls to keep it accessible.
Join us on the first WV project in the San Gabriels. Mountains are more than a scenic backdrop for the bustling city life of LA and the inland empire. These mountains support an interesting array of wildlife, many native species of plants benefiting from the range of microclimate and elevation variation, and also provide a much needed watershed for Southern California. Our service project in this proposed wilderness is the removal of invasive Spanish Broom, which thrived following 2009's wildfires. We'll work with the Angeles National Forest's biology team to eradicate these invasives and also collect native seed for replanting.
The area offers much in the way of human history with archaeologists uncovering ite
Monday, April 08, 2013
If you were watching Utah public television station KUED during our online auction, chances are you saw our very own Dave Pacheco talking about WV's environmental do-goodery as well as the online auction that ultimately raised over $13,500 for our work! Don't worry if you missed the video on TV, you can watch it below. And if you missed the auction, you can still pick up great items for a great cause by purchasing a WV hat, t-shirt, water bottle and more from our website (just click buy amazing merchandise to pull up the options).
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Friends over at the MPA program at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill put together this neat infographic on Our National Parks: