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2016 National Public Lands Day – Trail Work Party

Boise Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Trails Association, and REI invite you to join us for some camping, projects, and activities for this year’s National Public Lands Day out in the Owyhee Canyonlands.

Date: September 17th, 2016. Join us the evening of September 16th to campout or the morning of September 17th.  Breakfast & registration starts at 9am, projects are from 10am-12pm, and lunch from 12pm-1pm.

Site Location: Poison Creek Recreation Site is about 20 miles southeast of Grand View, Idaho.  The drive from Boise takes about one hour and 15 minutes.  From town of Grand View, head east for two miles on Highway 78 to access the Mud Flat Road.  The last 5 miles of the drive is a gravel road.  Poison Creek Recreation Site is the eastern gateway to three Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness Areas and for driving the Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway (aka Mud Flat Road).  Poison Creek Recreation Site is a staging area for backcountry adventure, but this shady oasis needs some TLC.

Projects:  Projects at this site include replacing pole fence, planting native plants, and trail work. Woodsy the owl

Activities: Guest speaker, owls of the Owyhee’s. Make a bird house in celebration of Woodsy Owls 45th birthday.

BLM will provide:  Breakfast and lunch on September 17th and a National Public Lands Day 2016 shirt and an REI volunteer shirt.  Youth receive Woodsy Owl stickers, coloring books, and patches.

Please bring and wear shoes, long pants, sunglasses, and gloves so we can work safely.

For more information: Please contact info@idahotrailsassociation.org or Dave Draheim @ Boise BLM (208)384-3358 or ddraheim@blm.gov.

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2015 Hum Lake Trail Work Party Debrief

Idaho Trails Association trail work project on July 25th & 26th, 2015 was at Hum Lake on the Krassel District of the Payette National Forest. We backpacked into base camp at Hum Lake on Saturday and then divided into two crews and conquered. One group headed north on the trail and did some much needed trail tread work and the other group back tracked on the Hum lake trail and did some light brushing. After completing a day of hard work we got back to camp where the In the Wild Chef had a Scrumptious gourmet backcountry dinner ready for everyone to devour. On Sunday morning after filling up on Blueberry Brie flappers, sausage, and coffee we headed north on the trail again and did more trail tread work, put in some water dips, cleared 25 down trees from the trail and rerouted the trail onto the original tread. Over time the lack of maintenance made it unclear where the original trail was and the cairns along the trail where incorrectly placed. Now with the trees off the trail and the cairns correctly placed; the trail will guide you to a gorgeous saddle with astounding views that span across the vast wild and scenic country.

The specifics of the accomplishments for this work party:

  • 10-ITA Volunteers contributed 101 hours of volunteer time
  • Cleared 25 trees from the trail.
  • Rehabbed approx 1500 feet of trail.
  • Brushed .75 miles of trail.
  • Cleaned/rebuilt 9 water bars.

Here are some photos of the crew and the work they accomplished.

 

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to the Krassel National Forest Service, REI, In the Wild Chef, everyone of our sponsors, and the volunteers for making this trail work vacation such a success!

2014 Project Accomplishments and Summary for the Idaho Trails Association

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ITA’sMission

Idaho Trails Association promotes the continued enjoyment of Idaho’s hiking trails.

The Idaho Trails Association (ITA) is a non-profit organization.

ITA’s Purpose:

To facilitate the active enjoyment of Idaho’s public lands and hiking trails, the Idaho Trails Association brings together citizens and develops partnerships to foster:

  • Care-taking of Idaho’s hiking trails through stewardship projects, including trail construction and maintenance.
  • Development of traditional trails maintenance skills.
  • Understanding and appreciation, through education of Idaho’s unique trail resources.
  • Preservation, protection and access to Idaho’s hiking trails through outreach and advocacy.

In 2014 Idaho Trails Association completed seven projects on the National Forest and BLM system lands in Idaho.  Our Agency sponsors were the Boise BLM-Bruneau Field Office, Payette, Boise, Sawtooth and Panhandle National Forests.  Four of these projects were within designated Wilderness, and involved both trail work and stewardship activities and three were on high use non-motorized trails.

The projects ranged from five volunteers in more remote and logistically challenging areas to fifty volunteers on the work days that were closer to large population bases.

  • Number of volunteers- 139
  • Volunteer field hours- 1,660
  • Monetary value- $36,520
  • Miles of trail cleared-40.5
  • Miles of trail reconstructed-4
  • Miles of new construction-2
  • Logs cut from trail- 125
  • Water bars cleaned- 350
  • Puncheon constructed- 18 feet
  • Bridge construction- 1 @18 feet
  • Fence Removal- 1.6 miles
  • Human Waste Removal- “Piles”                                                                                            
  • Wilderness Campsite Naturalization-11

 Project Highlights:  

 The Panhandle NF provided the Grouse Mountain Trail project where the ITA crew constructed an eighteen foot long bridge, three hundred feet of newly constructed trail for the bridge approaches, eighteen feet of puncheon and removal of four large boulders from the trail tread. This project was funded through REI and ITA fund raising activities and membership.

The Sawtooth NF, Alice-Toxaway project was a highlight of the season.  Six ITA volunteers spent five days in the Sawtooth Wilderness clearing over thirty miles of trail on one of the most popular loops in the Wilderness.  The ITA crew also worked on cleaning camps and naturalizing overused sites. This week long session was funded through a grant from the Sawtooth Society.

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The Boise BLM Bruneau Field Office has been a great partner to work with in the Owyhee Canyonlands and Wilderness areas.  They have provided early and late season opportunities for volunteers to get out and help. We have removed wire fence, decommissioned roads and built new trail along with reconstructing existing trails in amazing country is always a big draw for volunteers.  Roberson Trail in the Owyhee Wilderness has become an annual event on National Trails Day for ITA.  This project brings in large numbers of volunteers who work at multiple projects to help with the stewardship of this area.  This Owyhee project was been funded through grants from REI.

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 Roberson Trail Owyhee Wilderness          Photos courtesy of Bryan Dufosse                     

 

 The Hum Lake Trail on the Payette NF was the inaugural ITA project in 2010.  We continued to work on this trail as an overnight project working to help reopen the North Fork of Lick Creek trail.  We have added day work parties to this trail as it has become a very popular volunteer opportunity.  This project is funded by REI and the USFS and volunteer pack support from BD Recreation Consultants.

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The National Public Lands Day brought out over 50 volunteers to do stewardship work in and outside the Owyhee Wilderness.  During this project in the Owyhee Canyonlands the skills of future trail bosses were discovered.  This young man was part of a “Toddler Brigade” who helped remove baseball sized rocks from the trail tread.  He and 6 other youth were supervised by two parents who instructed the brigade in how to remove rocks without hurting or throwing them at anyone.  The brigade was a success!  It was hard to get past the group at the end of the day as everyone had to hear and see what a great job they did, and they did do a great job!

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The Future:                                                                                                                 

The classic one day work party:  As ITA grows we are getting more requests from the agencies for single day work parties to work on trails close to population hubs.  These work parties have been funded by REI and the land management agencies, however future funding opportunities need to be pursued.

 Large volunteer projects provide challenges because of the need to ensure ITA has enough qualified crew leads to manage the volunteers are available.  Recruiting other passionate crew leaders will be important for future expansion and success.

ITA prides itself in teaching safety and completing the best quality trail work while also working towards creating supporters and stewards of our public lands. We may not knock out a project as fast as a contractor or force account crew, but the quality should be the same, and the potential of creating lifelong supporters of public lands is great.  This goal is important for future partner relationships.

 

Our Message:

ITA is a hiking, trail advocacy and stewardship group. We formed to provide the voice for hikers throughout the state.  Our role is to get work done and to develop strong stewards of the land who are informed and educated enough to provide support to land management agencies and continuing this goal is important.

ITA is proud to teach and promote traditional skills while accomplishing trail work.  We feel it is a needed and necessary way to safely engage the public into volunteer stewardship to help our public lands.  ITA promotes these traditional skills to provide the training and understanding that work can be accomplished safely and efficiently in this manner.

ITA has a goal to safely engage the public in stewardship activities, by doing this we hope to build a more accepting and supportive public who will enjoy recreating and participating in the future of our public lands.

 Our Thanks:

 To REI, Sawtooth Society, Agency Partners, volunteers, members, contributors, Board of Directors and Advisory Board for their time, energy, leadership and monetary contributions.

 

Check out all of our 2015 Work Parties here!

We have lots of great volunteer projects coming up! To sign up early for one of these projects email intern@idahotrailsassociation.org. In the email make sure to reference the project(s) you want to sign up for. After you sign-up, an ITA representative will be in touch. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the ITA!

A Look Back at 2013

As 2014 has already seen a month come and gone, let’s take the chance to recognize the work that was completed in 2013 as we look forward to the 2014 season. Projects in 2013 included maintenance completed on National Trails Day and National Public Lands Day. Work was completed in the Sawtooth National Forest, Salmon-Challis National Forest, and Payette National Forest. ITA worked with the BLM and REI on National Trails Day in the Bruneau-Jarbridge Rivers Wilderness Area and on National Public Lands Day in the Little Jacks Creek Wilderness. Here’s a quick recap of the seven projects completed in 2013.

June 1, 2013 — National Trails Day — Roberson Trails Project

Roberson Trail Project 2013Roberson Trails Project was completed on National Trails Day with the help of 30 volunteers, BLM, and REI in Boise as a sponsor. Trail maintenance was completed in the Bruneau-Jarbridge Rivers Wilderness Area. ITA provided 2 project leaders and the BLM provided 4 agency personnel — a great opportunity to learn about trail maintenance. New signs were constructed to make the trail more visible, along with clearing overgrown vegetation.  Seven water bars were restored to reduce erosion from water. Several switchbacks also received some needed restoration.

June 21-23, 2013 — Pioneer Cabin Trail Project

Pioneer Cabin Trail 2013The Pioneer Cabin/Osberg Ridge Project was completed in the Sawtooth National Forest. Five volunteers, along with ITA project leader Michael Beaudoin, made the trip for this project. The crew constructed 2 miles of new trail to connect Osberg Ridge and Warm Springs Ridge Trail; maintained sections of trail along 4 mile hike into the work site; reconstructed drainage on Osberg Ridge Trail in an effort to reduce soil erosion and trail meandering.

July 15-21, 2013 — Alice-Toxaway Loop Trail Project

Alice-ToxawayThe Alice-Toxaway Loop is located in the Sawtooth Wilderness. ITA volunteers worked on this week long project with guidance from the USFS and funding from REI. Josh Wheeler, project leader for the ITA, provides a great description of the project here. Overall, 22 miles of trail was maintained, including 24 logs cut and removed, and 247 water bars cleaned or installed. This project also provided the opportunity for two volunteers to bring their kids — a great experience for them!

July 18-21, 2013 — Mt. Borah Trail Project I & September 20-22, 2013 — Mt. Borah Trail Project II

Mt. Borah Project 2013The Mt. Borah Trail Project was a two part project completed in July and September. Work was completed in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. John McCarthy, the project leader for the ITA on the Mt. Borah project in July provides great commentary on the trip here. REI was a sponsor for the project. Accomplishments were a result of a total of 144 volunteer hours over the two projects. Tread reconstruction on the trails totaled 340′; 3 check steps constructed; 6 switchbacks were either constructed or reconstructed; 9500 square feet of braided trail rehabilitated; 14 waterbars cleaned; 1.4 miles of trail were rocked. Great work done by the crew on the very popular trail to the summit of Mt. Borah!

August, 16, 2013 — North Fork Lick Creek Trail Project

North Fork Lick CreekNorth Fork Lick Creek Trail Project was a 3 day project completed in the Payette National Forest. Six volunteers participated in this project. Maintenance was primarily on the Hum Lake Trail, a popular backpacking and day-hiking trail in McCall. Accomplishments include 2 miles of trails cleared; 26 logs cut and removed; 12 water bars cleaned or installed. This project to maintain the Hum and Duck Lake Trail is an ongoing partnership between the ITA and Payette National Forest. Keep your eyes open for this project on the 2014 project list!

September 28, 2013 — National Public Lands Day — Shoofly Trail Project

NPLD 2013Shoofly Trail Project was completed on National Public Lands Day with the help of 33 volunteers. ITA had 3 project leaders on the trip and BLM provided 7 agency personnel — another great opportunity for an introductory experience into trail maintenance.  A half mile of trail was cleared and a quarter mile of new trail was constructed. Volunteers also were able to experience a dutch oven lunch provided by BLM and the use of horses to pack out barbwire that was removed.

 

 

 

 The 2013 projects for ITA were a success and we look forward to 2014! We’d like to thank all the volunteers who participated, agency personnel from BLM and USFS, and REI for sponsoring four projects!