STANLEY — In the 2017 summer season, the Sawtooth Society’s volunteer stewardship program conducted 31 maintenance and construction projects with 277 volunteers providing over 2,900 hours of labor on key projects within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. As part of the Austin Kraal Memorial Volunteer Program, the groups often included urban and at-risk youth to assist with projects on the ground.
Groups participating in this year’s trail maintenance, highway and campsite cleanup, as well as log-fence construction for sensitive areas, include: the College of Idaho, Ketchum’s Limelight Hotel, Boise Young Professionals members, Cherry Gulch School, Sawtooth Brewery, Blue Fire Wilderness Therapy, the Flourish Foundation and Sage School. On single- and multi-day backpack trips, volunteers used crosscut saws, axes, pruners and shovels to safely clear wilderness and non-wilderness trails and improve drainage while practicing leave-no-trace hiking and camping principles.
“Any time we bring volunteers to the area and have important work accomplished, it helps to build the next generation of advocates for the Sawtooth NRA,” Sawtooth Society Executive Director Gary O’Malley said in a statement. “We thank all our partner groups, including the Forest Service, for enabling the society to work toward our goal to preserve, protect and enhance the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.”
More information: Contact email@example.com to learn more about the Sawtooth Society’s volunteer program, suggest a 2018 project, volunteer as an individual or connect an organization with the program.