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Dolly Sods Wilderness Stewards

WVHC is now organizing volunteers for the Dolly Sods Wilderness Stewards Program!

In partnership with the Monongahela National Forest (MNF), the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy is accepting volunteers to help support and preserve the wilderness characteristics of Dolly Sods and enhance the visitor experience. Projects to maintain trailhead registration boxes, compile campsite information, and improve trails will eventually be implemented. But first up will be an opportunity to engage visitors at trailheads and communicate key information about Dolly Sods, wilderness ethics and Leave No Trace practices.

Wilderness Trailhead Stewards will greet people and have friendly, low-key conversations, answer questions, and help hikers and backpackers be prepared for what they will encounter, as well as understand their responsibilities as visitors. No special background is required, and Stewards will receive training in key messages, conversational techniques and safety, and have practice sessions, before hitting the trailheads.

The training for the first group of stewards was in early July 2021. If you are interested in future training sessions, sign up now! For an application form, more details, and for any questions, contact Dave Johnston at dollysodsstewards@gmail.com.