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Volunteers needed for trail maintenance projects in Idaho, Montana

Feb 19, 2024 | 6:00 am ET
By Mia Maldonado
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Volunteers needed for trail maintenance projects in Idaho, Montana
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The Frank Church-River of No Return is a wilderness of steep, rugged mountains, deep canyons and wild, whitewater rivers. Pictured here is Buck Lake on July 25, 2020. (Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service)

The Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation is accepting volunteers for trail maintenance projects in Idaho and Montana forests between May and September, according to a press release. 

There are eight opportunities for volunteers to take part in projects spanning across the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. The projects will take place at the following locations and dates: 

Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness projects: 

  • May 1-8, Salmon River Trail
  • July 31 to Aug. 7, East Mayfield Women’s Project
  • Aug. 28 to Sept. 4, Sulphur Creek and Camptender Trails

Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness projects:

  • June 1, Sheafman Creek
  • June 19-26, South Fork Lolo Creek Trail
  • July 5-7, St. Mary Peak Lookout Trail
  • Aug. 14-21, Garnet Creek Horseshoe Loop
  • Sept. 28, Roaring Lion Trail

The projects are rated by difficulty, and volunteers are encouraged to choose a project based on their skill level. First time volunteers are welcome, though some backpacking experience is preferred for multi-day hitches. All tools and instructions will be provided.

The volunteer trail projects are funded by Forest Service agreements, private grants, business sponsorships and donations from the Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation. In 2023, there were 221 volunteers who contributed nearly 18,000 hours of service to the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness areas. 

For more information about each project, visit the volunteer page on the Selway Bitterroot website.