Walk for Wilderness at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery
For Immediate Release
September 11, 2014
On September 6, 2014, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) co-sponsored the Walk for Wilderness to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery. Mother Nature cooperated with blue skies and a few clouds to welcome the approximately 100 attendees to the event.
Activities included family hikes led by experienced hikers, a scavenger hunt for wilderness facts, and a wildlife display with pelts, scat samples, antlers, and molds of wildlife tracks.
One of the more popular aspects of the event was a cross-cut saw demonstration that taught visitors to saw a lodgepole “cookie” from a log with a cross-cut saw, and then have it branded with the 50th Anniversary Wilderness Act logo.
Lake County Search and Rescue members were also in attendance and provided a wilderness rescue technique seminar. Rounding out the programming was a navigation and knot tying class, a Tenkara fly fishing demonstration, a back country horse etiquette class, and many more family-friendly activities.
The majority of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery lies within the boundary of the Mount Massive Wilderness. Hatchery land inside the Wilderness boundary is co-managed by the USFS and USFWS. The USFS is the principal land manager, protecting the Wilderness resources. The USFWS manages the fishery and water resources for the purposes of protecting and perpetuating native fish species.
Three trails lead into the wilderness area from the fish hatchery, the Highline, Kearney Park, and Rock Creek trails. Each of these trails intersects with the Colorado Trail, which crosses 10 miles of the eastern region. Trails from the fish hatchery are the main access points for winter travel into the wilderness.
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