The Sawtooth Society’s volunteer and stewardship program conducts over 20 restoration projects a year in the Sawtooth NRA, which involves over 200 volunteers. In addition, The Sawtooth Society’s Austin Kraal Memorial Volunteer Program is the largest of its kind volunteer program involving hundreds of urban and at-risk youth to do projects on the ground, build their understanding of nature, disconnect from technology and open their eyes to the grandeur of the area. This volunteer program also partners with other groups to accomplish its goals. Any interested group should contact the Society to discuss helping advance the work to preserve, protect and enhance the Sawtooth NRA.

“This year, we’ve planned for more extensive trips with training and certifications for members of the public who would like to participate,” said Executive Director Greg Travelstead. “If you ever wanted to put your boots on the ground and learn more about what the Sawtooth Society does, the public volunteer trail work programs planned for this summer are some of the best we offer. Space is limited so sign up early.”

For 2018, the Sawtooth Society has planned for several outings throughout the summer within the Sawtooth Valley. Main volunteer projects include trail clearing and maintenance, stream bank restoration, removal of wildlife unfriendly fencing, installation of wildlife friendly fencing to protect riparian areas, restoration of campgrounds and much more. Trips commence at 9 a.m. from the closest trailhead to the project.

June 2            Saturday        Fisher/Williams Loop (log out with small saws, riding MTBs)

June 3            Sunday          Fisher/Williams Loop (tread repair, cargo motorbike for tools)

June 7-10      Thur/Sunday    Stewardship Training & USFS Crosscut saw certification

June 16          Saturday        Pettit Lake to Yellow Belly Lake Connector

June 17          Sunday          Hell Roaring Creek & Lake – from Decker Flat TH (with Sawtooth Brewery)

July 11           Wednesday    Redfish Inlet to Flatrock Junction (via boat shuttles both ways)

July 14           Saturday        Yellow Belly Lake to Farley Lake (some will backpack overnight)

July 15           Sunday          Yellow Belly Lake to Farley Lake (2nd day of a backpack or single day)

July 18           Wednesday    Second pass on Fishhook Creek Trail near Redfish Lake

July 25           Wednesday    Grand Mogul trail from Redfish TH to Inlet (return on boat shuttle)

Aug 8-12       Wed/Sunday    White Clouds backpack – Frog Lake and Boulder Chain Lakes

For details and more information, visit the Sawtooth Society’s www.sawtoothsociety.org or contact Greg Travelstead (208) 721-7665 or email greg@sawtoothsociety.org.

Leave a Reply