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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 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.
Our future volunteers

Spring Training

Saw Re-certification is Open

Certification will be good for 3 years unless otherwise stated

West Cascade Registration CLOSED

Classes will be held at White Branch,

May 2018

Allingham Registration CLOSED

Classes will be held at Allingham,

Thursday June 1 through Sunday June 4, 2017
TUESDAY July 25: Tyson Cross has asked if we'd take on a project here's the details

I have a special mission for the scorpions! The mile of the Olallie Trail from Horsepasture Mountain to O’Leary trail junction is one of our largest challenges. The section is plagued by devils club and mountain beavers. Every year around this time we need to hit it hard, brushing it back as far as we can away from the trail while leaving any shading maple that is well overhead of the trail and outside the trail corridor. Do you think you would be able to help us out? It is definitely an area that requires power brushing, loppers, hand saws and tread tools!


Horsepasture mountain trailhead is a bit of a drive but it beautiful. You go up horsecreek road to the 356, then take the 1993 to horsepasture trailhead. The work starts on olallie trail just past saddle trail. Work toward the O’Leary trail junction where the work ends. A truly amazing place if you have never been there.

THURSDAY July 27: Diamond Peak

We'll be hitting the Vivian Lake TH that takes us up past Notch Lake and on up to Divide Lake. We'll finish off the Diamond Peak Tie Trail as well. And depending on resources maybe find out what's on the Vivian Lake Trail to the top of the pass. Chris Steele scouted this trail last Monday and here's his report:

"I hiked in to Divide Lake on Monday; got as far as the ridge above the lake; did not get all the way to the junction with the PCT.

As per my GPS it's 0.7 miles from the trail head to the junction with the Diamond Peak trail.
There are 8 logs on this section. The big logs present pretty significant obstacles to hikers. 
3 are in the 24"-30" range,
4 are in the 10"-18" range
1 is 8"
The first log is about .2 miles in. It's an 18" log laying lengthwise on the trail. The way it's laying it's going to be difficult to cut out; may be possible for 2-3 people to push it out of the trail; may also be easier to redirect the trail around it. 

The section between the Diamond Peak trail junction and the Vivian Lake/Divide Lake junction (.4 miles) is clear. 

There are 8 logs between the Vivian Lake/Divide Lake junction and Divide Lake.
6 are in the 10"-18" range,
1 is 7"
1 is 22", waist to chest high and blocking the trail.

The last 2 logs (8" and 10") are 3 miles from the trail head. This is 1.3 miles from Divide Lake. There are no more logs from that point to where I stopped on the ridge crest above the PCT.
The 22" log is at the 2.5 mile mark. There is one 7" log in the .5 mile gap between the 22" log and the last 2 logs at 3 miles. 
The last 2 logs are just beyond the ridge with the great views of Diamond Peak. 
The 22" log will require a 60" crosscut. The last 3 logs can be handled easily with a D handle saw.

On the map I've indicated the position of the 22" log (labeled "LST CRS CT") and the last 2 logs (labeled "LST LOG").

I was thinking that if we had enough folks for 2 saw crews they could both work on the first section as these big logs are going to be time consuming. At the junction with the Diamond Peak trail one crew could work south (to where we hopefully finish up this week) and the other crew could head up toward Divide Lake.

I carved 2 "X"'s into the last log and a single "X" into the last big (22") log; thinking that the crew could drop the crosscut there rather than haul it up the next half mile where it wouldn't be needed."

There you have the info. If you plan on going let me know.

Hope to see you on the trail.​

If you are interested in volunteering:  Contact Ron Robinson email: lescass12@earthlink.net
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