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Austin Kraal Memorial Volunteer Program

The Austin Kraal Memorial Volunteer program is the Sawtooth Society’s on-the-ground initiative to preserve, protect and enhance the SNRA. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, this important program gives those who love the SNRA the tools and opportunities to become its steward. The Sawtooth Society is always looking for more people to join the growing number of volunteers who participate in the Austin Kraal Memorial Volunteer program each year. Gather a group of friends and family and come give back to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area with a day of hard work and fun!

The above video illustrates a 2018 Sawtooth Society trail maintenance project with the Flourish Foundation’s Compassionate Leaders Program.


Taking place within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, project types vary in length, difficulty, and location. Trail maintenance projects give volunteers an opportunity to clear trails of yearly downfall using traditional hand tools while working as a team under the guidance of the project leader. In addition to trail maintenance, volunteers engage in forestry and wildlife projects such as weed abatement, tree planting, meadow encroachment, and Whitebark Pine protection. Groups and individuals are welcome to participate in a variety of single-day and multi-day trips in and out of wilderness.

Yes, I want to volunteer! What’s next?

First, click on the volunteer link to sign up and let us know who you are. Next, find a project that speaks to you from our 2021 schedule below. Finally, send an email to volunteers@sawtoothsociety.org to reserve your spot on a project. Before you arrive, please review the volunteer CHECKLIST for a list of essential gear and COVID-19 protocols. Information about the specific meeting location and other details will be shared with volunteers once their spot is confirmed via email. If you have any questions, please reach out to the email above. We look forward to seeing you on the trail!



 2022 Opportunities!

June 8th Wednesday- Spring highway clean up. Gather a group and help freshen the highways at this community organized event. Trash bags and safety vests will be made available at the Stanley Community Center at 9am.

June 11th Saturday- Horton Peak (106) trail maintenance. Volunteers will meet at 9am at the Horton Peak trailhead for this project consisting of crosscut saw work and tread maintenance.

June 18th Saturday- Redfish Creek (101) trail maintenance. Meet at the boat docks at 9am for this crosscut maintenance project. Volunteers will ride the shuttle boat across the lake and work the trail from the inlet and campground back toward Redfish trailhead.

June 22nd Wednesday- Redfish Ridge (400) trail maintenance. Start at the Redfish Ridge trailhead at 9am for a day of crosscut work and tread maintenance.

June 30th Thursday- Railroad Ridge White Bark Planting. Join the National Forest Foundation and partners in this White Bark tree planting project at East Fork of the Salmon River, Railroad Ridge. More information here.

July 2nd Saturday- Stanley Lake (640) trail maintenance. Volunteers will meet at the Stanley Lake trailhead at 9am and work to the Bridalveil Falls cutoff.

July 16th Saturday- Cabin Creek (191) trail maintenance. Volunteers will meet at the Cabin Creek trailhead at 9am.

July 23rd Saturday- Titus Lake (190) trail maintenance. Start at the Titus Lake trailhead at 9am and clear towards to the lake. Spend any additional time picking up trash and reducing fire rings around the lake.

July 30th Saturday- Alpine Creek (094) trail maintenance. Volunteers will meet at the Alturas Lake trailhead at 9am for a day of crosscut and tread work on this foot traffic only trail.


Fence Removal

Groups spend 1-2 days tearing down old, unnecessary wire and wood fencing to clear the path for Pronghorn Antelope migration.

Weed Pull

The "Weed Warriors” help with the important task of fighting the spread of invasive weeds in the Sawtooth Valley.

Dispersed Camp Cleanup

Groups go to areas of high use and pick up trash and disperse overused fire rings.

Small Tree Management / Removal

Volunteers remove small trees using handsaws to improve plant and animal habitat in designated areas.

Fire Ring Installation

Spend the day building fire rings. Project involves heavy lifting.

Trail Maintenance Projects

Work includes clearing waterbars of debris and trails of downed wood. An ideal group for trail work is 4 - 8 volunteers. Gather some friends, decide on a date and we'll do the rest!