National Trails Day 2018

Photo by Meg Killen

Project: National Trails Day

Landscape: Whitefish Range

Date: June 2, 2018

Location: Whitefish Trail
Project Work: Trail Maintenance
Project Difficulty: Easy
Project Length: One morning of work (3-4 hours)
Volunteer Limit: 10
Volunteer Slots Available: YES
Meeting Time & Place: Saturday June 2, Lion Mountain TH @ Time TBD



Project Description

Montana Wilderness Association is thrilled to host a National Trails Day service project in partnership with Whitefish Legacy Partners and Montana Conservation Corps!

We'll spend the morning maintaing a stretch of the Whitefish Trail, a multi-use recreational loop trail connecting community to important places worth protecting. This is an exciting opportunity to join a nationwide celebration of trails on your public lands. The pace will be relaxed - we'll make sure to stop and smell the bear grass. Sign up today to ensure you have a place on the crew!

About the Area

Adjacent to Glacier National Park, the Whitefish Range provides refuge for a remarkable community of life in the transboundary region of the Crown of the Continent. The clean, clear waters of the Whitefish Range flow to the Wild and Scenic North Fork of the Flathead River and contribute to the exceptional Flathead watershed. Supporting the highest density of grizzly bears in the Lower 48, as well as wolverines, lynx, bull trout, and westslope cutthroat trout, the area also boasts a unique habitat for subalpine larch, subalpine fir and genetically superior Whitebark Pine trees. In short, the Whitefish Range is remarkable.

The Whitefish Trail connects the Flathead Valley community and tourists with frontcountry recreation opportunities close to town. It's a big asset for the community and an economic driver. The Whitefish Trail is completly user maintained, so MWA needs to do our part to help pitch in!

About the Whitefish Range Partnership

As members of the Whitefish Range Partnership, MWA and Whitefish Legacy Partners have worked with more than 30 diverse individuals to tackle their interests, concerns, and needs regarding public lands of the Whitefish Range. After working together for a little more than a year, we reached full consensus on a package of recommendations that we presented to the Flathead National Forest for inclusion in its new Forest Plan. So far, this has resulted in 80,000 acres of new Recommended Wilderness in the draft Forest Plan. We’re continuing to work with partners to include the agreement in the final Forest Plan and build positive momentum for future legislation. Learn more about the Whitefish Range Partnership by watching this video.

Meeting Time & Place

Saturday June 2, Lion Mountain Trailhed @ Time TBD

What to Bring

This project is a shorter offering than most. Just bring along enough to get you through to the afternoon - drinking water, snacks, rain layers (just in case), and a backpack. Work gloves and safety glasses will be available to borrow. MWA provides all tools. Make sure to wear work pants, boots, and enough layers to keep you warm during the day.

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