Friends of Allegheny Wilderness rep attends National Wilderness Workshop in Bend, Oregon
Kirk Johnson, executive director for the Warren-based non-profit organization Friends of Allegheny Wilderness, recently attended the annual National Wilderness Workshop, hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and Society for Wilderness Stewardship, for the first time since 2012. This year the Workshop was held in Bend, Oregon, from October 22 to 26.
Many organizations represented by more than 200 wilderness stewards, wilderness advocates, agency managers, and other wilderness aficionados and professionals descended on this scenic central Oregon (east of the Cascade Mountains) location in order to discuss in-depth the latest wilderness science, wilderness stewardship strategies, advances in Leave No Trace ethics, and other related topics. Johnson also participated in an intensive two-day Leave No Trace training during the week, formally earning his certificate as a Leave No Trace trainer.
FAW has been the official adopting organization of the 13-mile Hickory Creek Wilderness trail in the Allegheny National Forest since its inception in 2001.