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National Trails Day – June 7, 2014 in the Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest

 

 
Join SBFC and the USFS for a day of trail maintenance and clearing on the beautiful trails of the Nez-Perce Clearwater National Forest near Wilderness Gateway Campground in central Idaho. SBFC crews and volunteers will work on projects such as cutting back brush and vegetation growing into the trail cooridor, improving or constructing drainage features in the trail system, rebuilding damaged sections of trails, and restoring user created trails.
 
SBFC will be providing all the needed project tools, materials and equipment. Hard hats, gloves, safety glasses and other appropriate personal protective equipment will be provided. Volunteers should plan on providing their own transportation to and from the project site, food and water for the work day, and any personal gear such as backpacks and water bottles needed for the day.
 
This is a great way to start off the summer season in the mountains and make a lasting impact on the trails in your National Forest lands. By joining us for National Trails Day you’ll be taking part in the largest single-day nation-wide volunteer effort specifically targeted at improving trails. Plus you’ll be eligible to win great prizes like Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation t-shirts, water bottles, and other great outdoor gear.
 
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St. Mary’s Peak Lookout Trail Opening- July 1-2, 2014

 

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Come join SBFC and the USFS as we work to open the trail to the iconic St. Mary’s Peak Fire Lookout this July. Learn to use traditional tools such as cross-cut saws and double bit axes to clear trees and brush from the trail. Volunteers will also work with SBFC crew to restore damaged alpine slopes adjacent to the trail. Work will be performed from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on both days with a great dinner at a festive camp to be provided by SBFC on the night of July 1. This is a great way to do some trail work above treeline in one of the most scenic areas of the state of Montana.
 
SBFC will be providing all the needed project tools, materials and equipment. Hard hats, gloves, safety glasses and other appropriate personal protective equipment will be provided. SBFC will also be providing dinner for volunteers on the night of July 1. Volunteers should plan on providing their own transportation to and from the project site, food and water for the work day, and any personal gear such as backpacks and water bottles needed for the day.
 
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Big Fog Saddle Area Trail Maintenance – August 1-5, 2014

 

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SBFC crews will be leading trail maintenance and improvement projects for six days in early August and you are invited to come along for what should be a great hitch. Days will start and end at the Big Fog Saddle Trailhead where the crew will be “car camping” for the week. Yep, you read that correctly. We’ll be spending the days in the wilderness clearing trails with crosscut saws and hand tools while camping back at the trailhead each evening.
 
So bring the big tent, throw in the extra comfy camp chair, the big cooler, bring the bacci ball set and most importantly your appetite because SBFC will be providing gourmet dinners each evening. This is a great way to spend some time in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness while also enjoying the comforts of frontcounty camping. SBFC will be providing all the needed project tools, materials and equipment. Hard hats, gloves, safety glasses and other appropriate personal protective equipment will be provided. Volunteers should plan on providing their own transportation to and from the project site, food and water for breakfast and lunch, and personal gear such as backpacks, tents, sleeping bags and water bottles needed for the project.
 
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Indian Creek Trail Clearing – August 2-9, 2014

 

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Starting from the Mule Hill trailhead our crews and a trust worthy team of mules will make their way six miles down the trail before setting up base camp at Kiwah Meadows. From this comfortable basecamp setting crews will work to clear and improve the Indian Creek Trail. Volunteers will learn to use wilderness tools such as cross-cut saws and double bit axes to clear trees and debris from the trail corridor. While the crew and volunteers are in the field making big improvements to the remote and beautiful trail through the valley, backcountry chefs will be busy preparing delicious, nourishing meals for the evenings.

 
There aren’t many better ways to get to experience the isolated splendor of the vast Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness than by joining the Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation for this fantastic project. How else could you visit such a remote area, eat great food, meet amazing people, and make a lasting contribution to the conservation of Wilderness at the same time?
 
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Indian Lake Turnpike Construction – August 25 – September 1, 2014

 

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SBFC trail crew members and USFS wilderness rangers will be working together with volunteers to construct elevated turnpike structures through sensitive, marsh areas near Indian Lake in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area. This great project will get started with a 12 mile hike starting at the Lost Horse Creek Trailhead and ending near Indian Lake in Idaho. Project work will include using primitive tools such as crosscut saws, axes, drawknives, and shovels to harvest, prepare and install building materials found on site such as rocks and logs. Volunteers will be given ample opportunities to learn how to safely use specialty trail tools to construct long lasting structures.
 
Pack stock will be used to haul in all the food, tools, equipment and heavy personal camping gear for this project. Volunteers will be provided with food, tools, safety equipment, and promotional items for this project. Volunteers should plan to provide their own transportation to and from Lost Horse Creek Trailhead, food for the morning of the 25th, and any personal camping gear needed for the week such as tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, ect.
 
Come join us for this great backcountry work project. Your hard work will be rewarded with great food, pack stock to carry in all the heavy stuff, and dedicated project leadership from the SBFC and the USFS. This is a great chance to leave a lasting, positive impact on the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness by building a large turnpike structure that will be there for decades to come.
 
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 For non-electronic registration only, complete our Volunteer Registration Packet, print and mail to:

Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation

PO Box 8103

Missoula, MT 59807