The focal point of the Forest Heritage Team, the original 1924 Model T Forest Patrol Vehicle, provides an opportunity for the public to experience a small part of the Forest Service history. Volunteers restore, maintain and care for the antique patrol unit. They also take it out for a drive at parades, fairs, and other public events to promote fire safety and wildfire prevention. One doesn't have to be a "T" mechanic to get involved, only have a love for the antique car and its history! [Team Leader: Laura Dyberg]
WPV has several teams assisting the Forest Service and serving the communities and visitors to the Forest.
Volunteers man highway turn outs during winter months, providing information on snow play opportunities, Adventure Pass details and other winter recreation tips for the Forest visitors. WIT hands out trash bags, encourages snow play in appropriate areas and gives Smokey goodies to the kids! [Team Leader: Ken Anderson]
Volunteers staff booths and participate at fairs and other community events, often accompanying Smokey Bear and the Model T, providing educational games and activities to spread information on preventing wildfire and improving forest health. [Team Leader: Laura Dyberg]
Volunteers supplement Forest resources to welcome visitors to the Forest and offer high quality interpretive and education programs, specifically during the winter months. Volunteers ski and snow board on the slopes (for free! thanks to Snow Valley Mountain Resort's generosity). Working under the guidance of the Forest Service, volunteers staff public information centers at local ski resorts and provide educational fire prevention moments with the public. [Team Leader: Rod Cole]
Teams contact and educate visitors on Forest Service trails. Riders promote the use and enjoyment of the natural resources while encouraging conservation, protecting natural resources and encouraging public safety. Team Leaders: Pam and Rich Orr]
Volunteers staff the Information/Viewing Area at the Air Tanker Base to give informal interpretive talks about ground operations, the different types of aircraft, fire retardant, and other aspects of using aircraft to fight wildland fires. [Team Leaders: Dan Fergot & Sandra Sue Taylor]
Volunteers will supplement Forest resources to disseminate information before and during prescribed burns and when a major incident occurs. Working under the guidance of the Forest Service, volunteers will staff public information centers and escort media personnel covering fires, among other duties. [Team Leader: Ken Anderson].
Volunteers create new ways to reach people with important wildfire prevention and forest ecosystem messages using Smokey Bear curriculum. Volunteers will assist USFS Fire Prevention Officers (FPOs) in presenting Smokey Bear programs at schools, camps, and public events such as fairs, festivals and parades. [Team Leader: PJ Smith, Ass't Leader: Matthew Rice]