Please PM me the name of the Ranger District(s) and Recreation officer(s) that discouraged you from volunteering? Volunteer hours are used in the Green Sticker Grant application by the USFS. Most claim volunteer hours in ones grant application.A lot of the forests in SoCal don't seen to want the help. It seems the further north you go the more likely it is that they will accept the help. It's a great thing to do as you get to ride the trails before anyone else. However, in years like this one expect a lot of work and not all that much riding. Still a day clearing the trails sure beats a day in the office.