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.
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 White Branch about 15 miles east of McKenzie Bridge, OR. The third training is in June at the Allingham Guard Station located west of Sisters, OR near Camp Sherman. If you wish to sign up for classes, click on the Spring Training Button and then chose the registration form for either West Cascade (White Branch) or East Cascade (Allingham). 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. Click on Spring Training and Class Descriptions to see the classes offered this year.
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.
The High Cascades Volunteers organization is a partner with the Willamette National Forest. Our goal is to support the good work that you all do into more areas of the forest. The HCFV is a 501(c)3 public nonprofit, EIN 82-4734321.
We are hiring an Executive Director. You will be making it possible for national forest volunteers to continue to work safely and effectively in the forest. If you are interested in working with a committed group to advance our mission, please consider joining us.