Our Stewardship Legacy

Photo by Meg Killen

MONTANA WILDERNESS ASSOCIATION
Stewarding Montana Trails Since 2012

 

For seven years and counting, MWA has mobilized grassroots supporters to improve Montana's storied network of trails. Our Volunteer Trail Crew (VTC) began with an initiative to maintain and complete the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT). Today, our program continues to steward the CDT while also lending a hand on landscapes like the Kootenai, Jewel Basin, Madison Range and island ranges across the state. We work in partnership with the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to identify trails in need of extra help, and then we get boots on the ground to do the hard work of keeping these trails open and accessible.

Our volunteer crews continue to come through in astounding fashion, lending much-needed help to underfunded federal land managers: since 2012, 840 VTC volunteers have contributed 31,821 hours to maintain and improve nearly 300 miles of trail.

These volunteers are the lifeblood of our Volunteer Trail Crew program. Most of them hail from Montana, but some travel from different states and continents to be a part of our spirited group of public land lovers. They leave behind the creature comforts of daily living to come work through heat, rain and even snow to dig new tread, saw dead trees, and build structures to improve travel in the backcountry. Volunteers gain first-hand knowledge of management needs and priorities from MWA staff and agency partners, and the tens of thousands of hours they contribute help alleviate a growing maintenance backlog due to shortage of federal funding for trails. Their efforts preserve access to Montana's most beloved landscapes and prove to management agencies that MWA can be a trusted ally. 

Assembled here are the achievements of our world-class volunteers. While the statistics are impressive, the numbers simply can't do justice to all their hard work over the years. To all our volunteers, we give a heartfelt THANK YOU and promise to keep the spirit of your initiative alive, summer after summer.

2012 - 2018 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

840 Volunteers
31,821 Volunteer Hours
298 Miles Worked
6 Miles Trail Constructed
1,474 Dead Trees Removed
3,392 Drains Installed/Maintained
100 Miles Brushed
119 Structures Constructed

$789,484.89 VOLUNTEER IN-KIND VALUE

 

2018 FIELD SEASON

171 VOLUNTEERS - 50 TRAIL MILES WORKED - 4,002 VOLUNTEER HOURS

2018 STEWARDSHIP ANNUAL REPORT HERE

PROJECT REPORTS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Project Name Landscape Achievements
Nichols Trail Eastern Wildlands Improved 1/4 mile trail
MT Youth Challenge Academy Lee Metcalf Wilderness 280 youth service hours
Vermilion River Trails Cabinet Mtns Cleared 4.5 mi. trail
Lewis & Clark Pass Fire Rehab Scapegoat 1/2 mile retread, 25 signs installed
Salish Kootenai Upward Bound Jewel Basin Brushed 1.5 miles trail
Hi-Line Trail Fire Rehab AP Wilderness Built 36' Bridge, cleared 3 mi.
Mystic Lake Clearing AP Wilderness Cleared 13.5 mi. trail
Mystic Lake Fire Rehab AP Wilderness Built 16' bridge, maintained 1.5 mi
Centennials W.S.A. Centennial Mtns Built 900' new trail
Helena CDT Continental Divide Built 32' turnpike
Jewel Basin - Outsiety Swan Range Maintained 1.5 mi. trail
North Fork Blackfoot Blackfoot-Clearwater 1/2 mile retread, cleared 3 mi. trail
Adopt-A-Trail Crew Pioneers + Gallatins Maintained 9 mi. trail
Piikani Land Crew Badger - Two Med 720 Service Hours
 

2017 FIELD SEASON

58 VOLUNTEERS - 26 MILES TRAIL WORKED - 2,217 VOLUNTEER HOURS

2017 STEWARDSHIP ANNUAL REPORT HERE

PROJECT REPORTS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Project Name Landscape Achievements
Granite Butte Continental Divide 1000' new trail constructed
Montana Academy Continental Divide 400 youth service hours
Mystic Lake AP Wilderness Cleared 13 mi. trail 
Upper Seymour Lake AP Wilderness Improved 4.5 mi. trail
Storm Lake AP Wilderness Demo'd 1/2 mi. social trail
MacDonald Pass Continental Divide 184 volunteer hours
Centennials Centennial Mtns Constructed 1000' reroute
Badger-Two Med Crew Badger - Two Med 695 service hours
Southwest Wildlands Chapter Pioneers + Pintlers 165 volunteer hours
 

2016 FIELD SEASON

112 VOLUNTEERS - 38 MILES TRAIL WORKED - 4,988 VOLUNTEER HOURS

Project Name Landscape Achievements
MT Youth Challenge Academy AP Wilderness 440 youth service hours
Granite Butte Continental Divide Built four-tier crib wall 
Welcome Creek Scapegoat Four mi. heavy brushing
Granite Butte II Continental Divide 317 volunteer hours
Montana Academy Continental Divide 280 youth service hours
Elk Park AP Wilderness Constructed 60 rock walls
Flower Lake AP Wilderness Maintained 4 mi. trail
Blair Lake Centennial Mtns Rebuilt 9 switchbacks
Storm Lake Pass AP Wilderness Constructed 3 turnpikes
Lion Lake AP Wilderness Installed 28 drains
Fifty Mountain Glacier NP Installed new pit toilet
Shoshone Lake Yellowstone NP Maintained 4.5 mi. trail
Elbow Mountain Badger-Two Med Constructed 20' puncheon
 

2015 FIELD SEASON

159 VOLUNTEERS - 40 MILES TRAIL WORKED - 6,530 VOLUNTEER HOURS

2015 YEAR-END SUMMARY HERE

Project Name Landscape Achievements
MT Youth Challenge Academy Continental Divide Constructed 310' jack leg fence
Straight Creek Scapegoat Wilderness Maintained 4 mi. trail
Granite Butte Continental Divide Constructed 1750' trail
Benchmark Connector Bob Marshall Wilderness Brushed 7 mi. trail
Bowl Creek Bob Marshall Wilderness Constructed 50' turnpike
Montana Academy Continental Divide Improved 1 mi. new trail
Flesher Pass Continental Divide Constructed 25' cribwall
Cutaway Pass AP Wilderness Constructed 2 turnpikes
Targhee Pass Henrys Lake Mountains Constructed 1 turnpike
Upper Landers Fork Scapegoat Wilderness Constructed 2 turnpikes
Pintler Signage I AP Wilderness Installed 2 trailhead kiosks
Two Medicine Lake Glacier NP Maintained 4 mi. trail
Summit Lake Yellowstone NP Brushed 6 mi. trail
Pintler Signage II AP Wilderness Installed 2 trailhead kiosks
Hellroaring Creek Centennials Maintained 3.5 mi. trail
Granite Butte Continental Divide Improved 1 mi. new trail
Upper Seymour Lake AP Wilderness Improved 2 mi. trail
 

2014 FIELD SEASON

134 VOLUNTEERS - 53 MILES TRAIL WORKED - 6,332 VOLUNTEER HOURS

2014 YEAR-END SUMMARY HERE

Project Name Landscape Achievements
MT Youth Challenge Academy Butte Divide Maintained 4 mi. trail
Nevada Mountain Continental Divide 274 youth service hours
Sun River Clearing Bob Marshall Wilderness Logged out 83 trees
MacDonald Pass Continental Divide Improved 1 mi. & campground
Salish Kootenai Upward Bound Badger-Two Med Maintained 2 mi. trail
Chinese Wall Bob Marshall Wilderness Maintained/installed 300 drains
Badger Creek Badger-Two Med Maintained 2 mi. trail
Elk Calf Mountain Badger-Two Med Maintained 5 mi. trail
Upper Seymour Lake AP Wilderness Maintained 4 mi. trail
Swiftcurrent Pass Glacier NP Maintained 2 mi. trail
Slag-A-Melt Lake West Big Hole 320 youth service hours
Edith Lake AP Wilderness Built 30' bridge
Deadman-Nicholia Italian Peaks RW Improved 1/2 mi. trail
Hellroaring Canyon Centennial Mountains Built 47' crib wall
Heart Lake Yellowstone NP Built 95 drainage structures
 

2013 FIELD SEASON

110 VOLUNTEERS - 72 MILES TRAIL WORKED - 4,310 VOLUNTEER HOURS

YEAR END SUMMARY HERE

Project Name Landscape Achievements
MT Youth Challenge Academy Butte Divide 400 youth service hours
Shineberger Creek Beaverheads Maintained 2 mi. trail
Aldous Lake Centennials Maintained 4 mi. trail
Elk Calf Mountain Badger-Two Med Maintained 4 mi. trail
Salish Kootenai Upward Bound Badger-Two Med Maintained 4 mi. trail
Bison Mountain Continental Divide Installed fence + signage
Warren Lake AP Wilderness Installed 75 water bars
Slag-A-Melt Lake West Big Hole Maintained 11.5 mi. trail
Strawberry Creek Bob Marshall Wilderness Constructed 60' turnpike
Hellroaring Creek AP Wilderness Maintained 7 mi. trail
Rainbow Pass AP Wilderness Maintained/installed 150 drains
Granite Butte Lookout Continental Divide Restored lookout for rental
 

2012 FIELD SEASON

81 VOLUNTEERS - 25 MILES TRAIL WORKED - 3,442 VOLUNTEER HOURS

Project Name Landscape Achievements
Shineberger Creek Beaverheads 1140' tread work
Salamander Lake Centennials Maintained 2 mi. trail
Deadman Lake Italian Peaks RW Maintained 3 mi. trail
Stemple Pass Rehab Continental Divide Constructed 2640' new trail
Stemple Pass II Continental Divide Constructed 1 mi. new trail
Rainbow Pass AP Wilderness Maintained 2 mi. trail
Mystic Lake AP Wilderness Maintained 10 mi. trail
Bowl Creek Bob Marshall Wilderness Constructed 50' turnpike
Gallatin CDT Gallatin Range Installed rock crossing
Granite Butte Lookout Continental Divide Restored lookout for rental