Winds in the Wilderness: Happy National Trails Day!

Posted on Saturday, June 7th, 2014
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Happy National Trails Day in this our 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, wilderness supporters!  Several Friends celebrated today with a “beginning-of-the-end” trail reclamation work-day restoring the historic Star Peak Trail in the 2014 season.  Over the course of the summer, FSPW volunteers

2013 WInner of the "OLd Goat' award winner Irv McGeachy breaks ground for the 2014 season

2013 WInner of the “OLd Goat’ award winner Irv McGeachy breaks ground for the 2014 season

are aiming to complete their multiple-season endeavor in stewarding this recreational gem in our wilderness proposal.  The Star Peak Historic Trail is an easy-to-access, moderate-to-challenging recreational trail into the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness graced with breath-taking views of the Clark Fork River and topped-off with a historic fire lookout at its summit.

Wild Flowers on Star Peak Historic Trail are in full bloom right now

Wild Flowers on Star Peak Historic Trail are in full bloom right now

 

 

If you haven’t hiked Star Peak yet this year, this may be a fine time to treat yourself!  The snows of winter have since melted away and the rock outcrops that dot this beautiful trail are in full bloom with several of our lovely, native wildflowers.

 

Earlier today, FSPW Wilderness Ranger Joe Zimmerman gave a quick introduction at the beginning of the day, and led our volunteer crew 2.5 miles up the Star Peak Trail to

FSPW is happy to introduce Backcountry Ranger Joe ZImmerman to our staff this year! Welcome, Joe!

FSPW is happy to introduce Backcountry Ranger Joe ZImmerman to our staff this year! Welcome, Joe!

resume tread work and trail rerouting activities on this first day of trail stewardship work in 2014.  If you haven’t met Joe yet, stop on by our office downtown and say hello, or better yet sign-up and dig along as we wrap up this project in the 2014 season.  See our events listings or contact Sandy@scotchmanpeaks.org for more details!

Additionally, our Citizen Scientist restoration activities are underway this season as plans and tentative dates have been assigned for project work in our Wilderness proposal’s newly designated Treasured Landscape area north of Clark Fork, ID.  Read all about this season’s volunteer Citizen Scientist opportunities HERE, or contact Kristen@scotchmanpeaks.org for more information!  Together, there is much we accomplish working for wilderness this season.  We hope YOU can join us!

Until next weekend, Stay Wild!

 

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