Friends of Kings Peak is funding another Wilderness intern for 2014 to work with visitors to the Henry's Fork Kings Peak area.
Friends of Kings Peak has worked closely with the Uinta Wasatch Cache National Forest to improve funding. FKP is happy to say for 2013 the forest was able to hire a seasonal horse packer position. Eric Szumlas, FKP's wilderness intern spent 10 weeks in the Henry's Fork basin talking to users and picking up trash. We removed 165 pounds of trash this summer, so there is still much work to do in this area.
Threatened government shut downs and decreasing Federal budgets have hurt the amount and quality of work performed by Forest Service personnel. Friends of Kings Peak is currently applying for grants to increase the amount of work that occurs, by trying to fund dedicated crews and wilderness interns.
We are also striving to increase the amount and quality of volunteerism in the area. Thanks to this, we will enable users of these areas to have a much more natural and wild experince. It will also decrease the frequency of search and rescue operations in the Kings Peak area.