H i g h C a s c a d e s F o r e s t V o l u n t e e r s
Welcome to highcascadesvolunteers.com
The mission of the High Cascades Forest Volunteers is to help maintain, restore and preserve the public lands and resources administered by the National Forest Service for present and future generations.
Do you have a special place where you like to Mt. bike, ride your horse, hike, fish, or hunt? Chances are you were on your nearby national forest. Why not help make a lasting, positive difference on the Willamette, Deschutes, Umpqua, Siuslaw and Ochoco National Forests?
Volunteers are needed for a wide range of activities and there are plenty of opportunities to match everyone’s interest and skill. Tools and equipment will be provided. Horses or llamas will help carry equipment for some of the organized summer projects. Here’s a sampling of projects:
To be a forest volunteer we ask that you attend one of three training weekends. There is no charge for the training and free camping is available. The first training opportunity is in April at Cascade Locks, The second training opportunity is held in May at the Westridge School near Oakridge, OR. The third training is in June at the Allingham Guard Station located west of Sisters, OR near Camp Sherman. In exchange for this valuable training, we ask you to donate at least 16 hours of your time over the year volunteering on the many projects offered by the High Cascades Forest Volunteers and the Pacific Crest Trails Association. If you wish to be a volunteer click on Volunteer Application
Classes may include trail maintenance, trail crew leadership, First Aid/CPR certification, cross-cut and chain saw certification, wilderness stewardship, adopt a trail/lake programs, map/compass, identify/remove noxious weeds, monitoring historic sites, survival tips and more.
Who can volunteer:
Anyone over the age of 18 may apply to volunteer. If you are under the age of 18 you may still participate by working with your family, group, club, or responsible adult(s).
Benefits of volunteering:
Besides the great benefits of helping your National Forests, you will: Gain a sense of self satisfaction and accomplishment in performing a much needed service. Learn new skills, which you can share with others. Make a positive contribution to the forest areas you have enjoyed using. Meet new people and make new friends.
Adopt your favorite lake/trail
Learn advanced trail building techniques
Work with a trail crew for a weekend
Clear rocks and brush from trails.
Restore campsites around lakes
Monitor wilderness campsites
Greet and inform visitors.
Survey trails for winter damage.
Maintain trail signs for summer and winter trails
High Cascades Forest Volunteers.
Allingham Registration &
No saw re-certification will be held at Westfir or Allingham Training.
Initial Saw Certification will be held at Westfir and Allingham training.
Cross-Cut and Power Saw Re-certification classes will be held in March, April, May and June. For dates and to signup for re-certification classes click on Forms button then click on Saw Recertification Registration. Classes are limited to Eight students.
Please make sure you have your CPR and First Aid certification up-to-date or register to take those classes at Westfir or Allingham.
You need to bring your CPR and First Aid certification card to class.
Friday Evening Event
At Brewer's Union
(a British style brewery
and public house)
Located in Uptown Oakridge
48329 East First Street
who has devoted countless hours over 23 years in constructing the Eugene-to-Pacific-Crest Trail. He wrote a guide to local trails, "Afoot in Lane County". After his career as history teacher and librarian, he began volunteering for the Lane County Historical Society, researching topics of local history, and writing articles for the "Lane County Historian".
He will speak on
"Our Forest Trails: Changing Uses Across A Changing Land"
.Westfir Saturday Special Dinner
50th Anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act
If you are planning on attending the dinner, but aren't participating in the training, please fill in your name and email address below and check Saturday dinner. Then click on the Submit button. We need a count for the caterer.