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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 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!

August 17th WednesdayAlpine Way (528) trail maintenance. Volunteers will meet at the Iron Creek trailhead at 9am and hike towards Stanley Lake. There are a handful of logs to be cut in addition to brushing work.

August 18th ThursdayNorth Fork West Pass (115) trail maintenance. Meet at the East Fork trailhead next to Bowery Guard Station at 9am for a day trip of crosscut work and drainage maintenance to the pass.

August 19th FridayGladiator (108) trail maintenance. Meet at Galena Lodge at 9am and join the crew to clear Gladiator trail. Brushing, tread, and drainage will be the focus of this day trip.

August 23rd-25thAlice-Redfish Way (092) Backpack trail maintenance. This trip will focus on the approx. 150 logs on the trail between Redfish Lake and Decker Creek. Contact Dalton for more information:

August 31st-September 4thATLANTA- Little Queens/Scenic Lake/Browns Lake (454,456,480) Backpack trail maintenance. Join us for 5 days in the backcountry on the backside! We will start hiking on the morning of the 31st and exit on September 4th. Join us for all or part of the trip. Contact Dalton for more information:

September 12th-25th. SNRA End-of-Season Clean Up. Sign up HERE for this self-led and community organized project to spruce up our public lands at the end of another busy season.


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!