Volunteer Dates, August 23-26, 2019
Volunteers play a critical role in maintaining trails, critical infrastructure, and general stewardship of our public lands. The U.S. Forest Service no longer has the budget to do this without us! This summer, a great opportunity exists to join a volunteer trail crew for four a day trails hitch in the Badger! This is a great way to explore the Badger, meet others who love this landscape, and to give back in a very tangible and meaningful way. Glacier-Two Medicine Alliance thanks its partner in this effort—the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation — for making this opportunity possible.
Professional trail crew leaders from the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation will lead the crew and provide all necessary training. Examples of possible work projects include tread work, clearing vegetation, fixing drainage, upkeep of physical structures like stairs or retaining walls, or sign maintenance. The trip includes a day hike in, two plus days of trail work, and a day hike out. A horse-packer will transport the trails equipment, kitchen, and food for the crew. Depending on space availability on the mules, the packer may carry some volunteers’ personal gear too. However, volunteers should be prepared to carry all their own personal gear.
What to Bring
All food, the camp kitchen, and trail maintenance equipment is provided. You will need to provide your own personal camping equipment. We will tailor the menu to meet the your nutritional and dietary needs. Individual dietary needs will be collected with registration. A complete list of what to bring is available through the project web page.
Experience and Skill Requirements
Previous backcountry or trail maintenance experience and skills are not required. Many volunteers are first time backpackers and/or trail workers! Your trip leaders will provide you the training necessary to travel, camp, and work safely in the backcountry. All volunteers receive multiple safety trainings during the trip, including on backcountry safety and the proper use of personal protective equipment and tools. Objective and subjective hazards are regularly discussed. All trip leaders are trained as a Wilderness First Responder or higher.
Make no mistake, backcountry trail work is hard work. By no means do you have to be an athlete to participate. However, for individual volunteer safety as well as the well-being of the team, it is important that volunteers are realistic about their physical abilities and that they meet the demands of the trip. Some of the details of this volunteer trip are still being finalized, so a physical rating is not yet available. Interested volunteers should inquire with the GTMA office if they have concerns about physical ability to participate.
The cost to volunteer is FREE! However, because the success of this program requires commitment by volunteers, a deposit of $75.00 is required to secure a spot. The deposit demonstrates a volunteer’s commitment to participate in the project. While the deposit is refundable upon completion of the trip, volunteers typically donate the deposit to GTMA to help cover administrative costs associated with this program. Volunteers do not have to be members of GTMA but are encouraged to join us. Donations in whatever amount helps us ensure the Badger remains a wild and cultural landscape in perpetuity. For more information or to register, click “sign up,” below.
Cancellations made 40 days or more prior to the trip will receive a refund of the deposit, if requested. Cancellations made less than 40 days prior to the trip will result in the deposit being donated to cover costs associated with finding a replacement.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
GTMA regularly has other volunteer opportunities and needs. These include both opportunities to steward our public lands as well as opportunities to help GTMA advance its mission as an organization. Examples of such opportunities include spraying and pulling weeds, helping with community events, or volunteering in the office. Contact us to inquire.