Forest Service needs volunteers for trail maintenance
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Forest trails, many of them, began centuries ago. Used by game and then by man, the intricate trail network throughout the United States is especially noted this year during the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, which established America’s system of national, scenic, historic and recreation trails.
But trails don’t stay pristine or even navigable without a little TLC. The Bridger-Teton National Forest is inviting the public to learn more about becoming a trail maintenance partner or volunteer.
With over 158,000 miles of trails, the Forest Service manages the largest trail system in the country. Current Forest Service records and audits have identified that only 25% of trails on National Forest lands meet Agency standards for safety and quality recreation experiences, and Forest Service funding for trail maintenance continues to decrease annually.
BTNF will host two meetings on May 1 from 1-3pm to learn more about the National Trails Stewardship Act and how to become more involved in helping maintain trails within four priority forests in Wyoming, including the Bridger-Teton. The meetings will take place at the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Jackson, Wyoming, and the Pinedale District Office in Pinedale, Wyoming on May 1.
Can’t attend or just want more information? Call Cindy Stein, recreation manager at 307-367-5717.
Calling all arborists
Do you love trees? The Big Piney Ranger District is also looking to hire up to four GS-3 Timber Aids. If you know of anyone that might be interested in spending a summer in the woods marking timber, working with forestry equipment and driving 4-wheelers and pickup trucks to remote locations then please head to USAjobs.gov no later than April 18. Call the Ranger District for more information at: 307-276-5800.