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Lake Tahoe Forest Service seeks Desolation Wilderness volunteers

Desolation Wilderness volunteers interact with hikers at the Eagle Falls Trailhead near Emerald Bay above Lake Tahoe.

The U.S. Forest Service is looking for volunteers interested in preserving one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the country: Desolation Wilderness.

Volunteer opportunities include working outdoors, educating wilderness visitors, and performing monitoring or administrative duties, according to the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU).

Those interested in volunteering are invited to an informational open house on Thursday, March 15, from 5-7 p.m. or Saturday, March 17, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Forest Supervisor's office, 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe. The open house will include information about different volunteer opportunities, training, minimum requirements and how volunteer help is important to the preservation of Desolation Wilderness, according to LTBMU

Selected candidates will be required to attend a volunteer training workshop on May 19-20 at the Sly Park Event Center at Jenkinson Lake, Mormon Emigrant Trail in Pollock Pines, California.

Located in the Crystal Range of the Sierra Nevada southwest of the Tahoe Basin, Desolation Wilderness is approximately 64,000 acres of sub-alpine and alpine forest, granite peaks and glacially-formed valleys and lakes. It was designated in 1969 under The Wilderness Act, which gives it add protections.

Volunteers work closely with Forest Service wilderness staff and can choose from a variety of project based activities including visitor education, wilderness staff support for office and field projects, back-country trail maintenance, campsite restoration and wilderness character monitoring, according to LTBMU.

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Field projects involve hiking in moderate to difficult terrain and require an appropriate level of physical ability. Volunteers should be able to commit to a minimum of seven days for the summer season and must be age 18 years or older.

Additional information can be found at http://www.desowv.org/volunteer or by contacting LTBMU wilderness program manager Don Lane at 530-543-2621 or recreation specialist Bob Becker at 530-543-2688.