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Volunteer of the year: Jaywalker Lodge

Pulling rebar out of the Mountain Boy tundra at 12,000’

Jaywalker Lodge

Jaywalker Lodge is a treatment and sober living program for adult men seeking freedom from drug and alcohol addiction located in Carbondale, Colorado. As described in their materials, “the men at Jaywalker Lodge are highly motivated to recover: we work hard in treatment and in service to the community every day. And when it’s time to play, the Rocky Mountains teach us the value of serious fun and what it really means to live in the moment.”

 Removing a 300lb (debris-filled) tire from the headwaters of the Roaring Fork River

Removing a 300lb (debris-filled) tire from the headwaters of the Roaring Fork River

This summer and fall the young men from Jaywalker Lodge, led by Expedition Leader Lynn Sanson, participated in four IPF service projects: (1) coiling and hauling out abandoned telephone wire from Green Mountain in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, (2) planting a Rocky Mountain maple at the winter closure gate, (3) removing a rusted tire from the headwaters of the Roaring Fork River, and (4) pulling 50+ year old rebar from the Mountain Boy tundra and staging it for removal by the USFS mule pack string.

 Abandoned telephone wire removed from Green Mountain in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness

Abandoned telephone wire removed from Green Mountain in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness

 Climbing Green Mountain before wire removal

Climbing Green Mountain before wire removal

Without the help of volunteers like Jaywalker Lodge, IPF could not accomplish the abundant restoration work that remains to be done throughout the Independence Pass corridor and surrounding Wilderness areas. We are immensely grateful for their contributions this year.

 Big tree planting requires deep hole digging . . .

Big tree planting requires deep hole digging . . .