Trail Work in the Bell Mtn Wilderness

Whilst I am out recording solitude and recreation site monitoring info for the Forest Service, I often have some extra time to maintain the trails, which is also a duty for a Wilderness Ranger. Of course, since I am out mostly by myself, there is a disadvantage with the amount of trail work I can … Continue reading Trail Work in the Bell Mtn Wilderness

Forest Service: Monitoring the Rock Pile Mtn Wilderness

The Rock Pile Mtn Wilderness is one of the three areas that I will be managing during my time here in Missouri. It is just over 4200 acres in size, comprising of mostly hardwood forest including a few rocky glades, with some very rugged trail sections. As it is in a remote location with tricky … Continue reading Forest Service: Monitoring the Rock Pile Mtn Wilderness

Forest Service: Solitude Monitoring

One of the techniques the Forest Service uses to better manage wilderness areas is through "solitude monitoring", which is part of my work duties here in Missouri as a Wilderness Ranger intern. This involves in-field research of investigating different zones (transition, remote, and pristine) within designated wilderness areas to record statistics such as visitor encounters, … Continue reading Forest Service: Solitude Monitoring