Peak to Peak Forest Watch was started in March 2016 by Joe Hall, a 10-year area resident. After finding an abandoned camp near his property with trash and hypodermic needles used for illicit drug use dumped in the forest, he became concerned with the abuse of the area forests. As he talked on Facebook with other residents, it became apparent that the problem of people irresponsibly using the woods was increasing. After talking with others he realized that a workgroup of citizens was needed to bring the discussion of this issue into the open and that coordination and effective communication between the public and official agencies were somewhat disorganized. He started a Facebook group, originally called 'Peak to Peak Transients and Troublemakers Workgroup'. The Facebook group grew rapidly and reached out to the various agencies tasked with law enforcement and cleanup in the surrounding area. After many meetings involving the agencies and community members, it was found that a group of citizens working in collaboration with the agencies can produce effective change and open up avenues of communication that make it easier to discuss and brainstorm solutions to the problem of people using our communities and surrounding forests in an illegitimate manner. The name of the group was changed to 'Peak to Peak Forest Watch' which more accurately reflects the purpose of the group.
Where We Are Now
Currently Peak to Peak Forest Watch is incorporated and is now run by a board of directors. We are a 501(c)(3) with the IRS which will allow us to apply for grants and other funding sources. We are also working on an app that will allow people to file a report online to help us track problem areas. By this summer, we hope to begin citizen patrols of problem areas. The patrols will be nonconfrontational in that the primary purpose will be to observe and report, with a secondary purpose being education. We hope to educate campers and other users of the forest in leave no trace principles, to include how to dispose of waste, camping etiquette, fire etiquette, Etc.