Conservation Project



In 1938, Waite Phillips donated the first tract of what would become Philmont Scout Ranch to the Boy Scouts of America. Prior to that gift and even Phillips’ ownership, that same land had been inhabited for thousands of years by Ute, Comanche, Pueblo, and Jicarilla Apache peoples. As American colonization began in the 1800s, and as mining, logging, and ranching industrialized the landscape, the high desert environment began to experience use of an unprecedented intensity. Over the past 80+ years, Phillips’ original gift and subsequent multi-thousand-acre acquisitions have come to host over one million scouts camping, hiking, and horse-back riding. Intense land use of the last 200 years has not occurred without an impact to the local ecosystem and landscape. Phillips envisioned that scouts have the opportunity to give back to the Ranch by working to preserve its integrity as a natural and recreational resource. Since its beginning, scouts visiting Philmont have been able to preserve, repair, and enhance the natural integrity of the Ranch for future generations by participating in projects ranging from trail construction and maintenance, stream restoration, and fire rehabilitation to forest fuels reduction, erosion control, and invasive species removal. Your crew will have the same opportunity this coming summer. As a requirement of the Arrowhead Award, your trek itinerary will feature an assigned 3-hour conservation project critical to the continued operation of Philmont Scout Ranch. This project will be facilitated by trained Conservation Department staff at one of several conservation sites across the ranch.
Campsites offering this program: Baldy Town Baldy Skyline Flume Canyon Indian Writings Ponil Clarks Fork Sawmill Webster Parks Apache Springs Beaubien Black Mountain Crater Lake Lover's Leap Miner's Park Phillips Junction Abreu Iris Park Rich Cabins Ring Place Whiteman Vega Whistle Punk Webster Trailhead
Treks 9-11 take this program at Baldy Town
Treks 12-2 12-6 12-14 12-30 7-6 7-9 7-17 9-8 9-12 take this program at Baldy Skyline
Treks 12-34 7-1 7-16 9-2 9-6 9-13 take this program at Flume Canyon
Treks 7-15 take this program at Indian Writings
Treks 12-3 12-15 12-22 12-32 take this program at Ponil
Treks 12-8 take this program at Clarks Fork
Treks 12-28 take this program at Sawmill
Treks 9-3 take this program at Webster Parks
Treks 12-10 12-11 12-12 12-25 12-31 9-10 take this program at Apache Springs
Treks 12-4 12-7 12-16 12-19 12-20 7-3 7-5 7-10 7-14 9-1 9-5 take this program at Beaubien
Treks 7-8 take this program at Black Mountain
Treks 12-9 12-13 7-5 7-12 9-7 9-9 take this program at Crater Lake
Treks 12-12 7-4 take this program at Lover's Leap
Treks 12-5 12-18 12-26 12-31 7-13 take this program at Miner's Park
Treks 12-1 take this program at Phillips Junction
Treks 7-2 take this program at Abreu
Treks 12-27 take this program at Iris Park
Treks 7-7 take this program at Rich Cabins
Treks 12-23 12-35 take this program at Ring Place
Treks 12-24 12-29 12-33 9-4 take this program at Whiteman Vega
Treks 9-13 take this program at Whistle Punk
Treks 7-11 take this program at Webster Trailhead

Photos at Dan Beard


Conservation Project at Dan Beard - Removing Bull Thistle

Photos at Ponil


Conservation at Ponil Conservation at Ponil

Photos at Cimarroncito


Conservation at Cito Thinning the trees in the meadow at Cito Cutting & Stacking at Cito Cutting & Stacking at Cito Cutting & Stacking at Cito Conservation at Cito Safety briefing at Cito Safety briefing at Cito Conservation Work at Cito Conservation at Cito Conservation work at Cito Conservation work at Cito Woodpiles at Cito Conservation at Cito Conservation Work at Cito Conservation briefing at Cito

Photos at Beaubien


Conservation at Bonia Peak Conservation at Bonia Peak Conservation at Bonia Peak Conservation at Beaubien Conservation at Beaubien

Photos at Crater Lake



Photos at Whiteman Vega



Photos at On the trail


Conservation Work on the Middle Fork near Hunting Lodge Conservation Work on the Middle Fork near Hunting Lodge Conservation Work on the Middle Fork near Hunting Lodge Conservation Work on the Middle Fork near Hunting Lodge

Photos at Whistle Punk