The Friends of Tuckerman Ravine (FOTR) work closely with the U.S. Forest Service as part of a cooperative framework for activities and operations in and around the Cutler River Drainage (CRD) on Mount Washington, within the White Mountain National Forest; including, but not limited to, Tuckerman Ravine.
The Forest Service manages the Cutler River Drainage on Mount Washington for outstanding recreation opportunities and resource protection as part of the mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. As part of FOTR's Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the USFS, we strive to:
- Provide financial support for the Mount Washington Avalanche Center, including general program supplies, first aid equipment, search & rescue supplies, program infrastructure, and coordination with Forest Service personnel.
- Provide financial and other support for trails and backcountry programs within the CRD, including volunteer support for trail maintenance and site rehabilitation with a focus on the John Sherburne and Gulf of Slides ski trails.
- Provide field volunteer support for the USFS Snow Rangers and backcountry patrol program within the CRD to support visitor information and education in summer and fall seasons.
- Support and fund educational and informational efforts related to the CRD.
- Conduct fundraising campaigns for capital projects identified as priorities by the Forest Service (see below).
- As appropriate and specific to their respective missions, support membership and fundraising efforts of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol (MWVSP).
For more information on planned projects that we are seeking financial and volunteer support on, as well as past projects that your contributions to the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine have funded, please click through on the links below. For new planned projects that you can help make a difference on, please also refer to our Event Schedule, specific fundraising project pages, and Volunteer solicitations as found on the other pages of our website.
Planned Projects that need your support
- Broadband WiFi internet connection for the USFS Snow Rangers at Hermit Lake
- Utility Shed - replacement of old structure to house USFS snow mobiles, tools and other gear
Past Projects that you have helped to succeed and complete
- HoJo Deck Replacement - brand new outdoor deck structure at Hermit Lake
- Avalanche kiosks - check these boards for the latest avalanche conditions
- USFS Cabin Floor replacement - new flooring for snow ranger work space
- Improved water supply - new hand pump and well for drinking water supply
- Footbridge - new pedestrian footbridge connecting remote parking to Pinkham Notch AMC area
- Ravine Film - a student led educational documentary about Tuckerman Ravine
Long Term Financial Support Needed For:
- Forest Service Pisten Bully Capital Campaign: Goal: $21,000 per annum needed
- Forest Service Pisten Bully Repair & Maintenance Program:Goal = $1,000 per annum
- Forest Service Snowmobiles Repair & Maintenance Fund: Goal = $1,000 per annum