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Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation needs volunteers

The Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation is looking for volunteers to help out on two trails projects on the Bitterroot National Forest this summer.

The Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation is looking for volunteers to work on two trails projects in the Bitterroot National Forest this summer.

In partnership with the Forest Service, the foundation created the “weekender” hitches for those who would like to work in the wilderness but can’t devote a whole week to a project (the normal SBFC project duration). SBFC is still filling openings for each of these projects which are sure to be a rewarding and memorable experience.

Both projects are front country car camping and mouth-watering meals will be provided, prepared, and served.

The two hitches scheduled for later in the season include:

July 27-28 at the Bear Creek Overlook in Victor

Individuals can join SBFC for a fun weekend, or even just one workday on the Bear Creek Overlook trail.

The SBFC team will be restoring parts of this popular trail that have been neglected. They will also be closing off social trails where the vegetation is being trampled.

This popular trail is about 2.6 miles long and provides breathtaking views into the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness.

The meet time is 9 a.m. Saturday morning. The rating for this project is “very easy.”

August 31-September 1 Roaring Lion in Hamilton

A destructive fire started near the trailhead of the Roaring Lion trail in 2016.

The fire burned really hot and as a result, the first few miles of this trail are difficult to discern.

The volunteer crew will work on re-defining the trail tread, closing off social trails and building small retaining walls as appropriate. Though volunteers will not be hiking to the worksites very far, digging tread in the hot sun is hard work. The rewards will outweigh the challenge as the crew works re-establish the trail so that the public can continue using this local trail.

The meeting time will be announced later. The rating for this project is “challenging.”

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