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Wanted: volunteers for Desolation Wilderness

Amanda Fehd

The U.S. Forest Service wants to remind people there are opportunities to volunteer for the most heavily visited wilderness for its size in the country.

Desolation Wilderness, which runs along Tahoe’s West Shore and the West Slope, receives 100,000 visitors a year. The area is speckled with alpine lakes and rolling granite landscapes.

The Forest Service will host an informational meeting at its office on College drive Monday night to answer questions.

About 20 people volunteer each summer for the program, said wilderness manager Suzy Lancaster, but because of its popularity, many return year after year. They are looking for five to 10 new people this year.

Another meeting will take place in Placerville on Thursday, from 7 to 8 p.m., at El Dorado County building C at 2850 Fair Lane Court.

Volunteers can choose positions that interact heavily with the public or not at all. The agency needs people to help monitor campsite use, man trailhead informational booths, and assist in the permit office. They also need extra help on holiday weekends.

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The time commitment is six days a season as a minimum.

“It’s a fun opportunity for people to be involved in the management of Desolation,” Lancaster said.

If you go:

What: Informational meeting for those interested in volunteering

When: Monday, 7 to 8 p.m.

Where: 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe

The Forest Service will hand out applications and answer questions.