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Projects Open for Registration

At the moment the following projects are open for registration:

Project Date(s) Description
Become a Trail Ambassador 2021 Mar 1, 2021 – Oct 31, 2022

Would you like to volunteer in a meaningful way and help protect the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness? Would you like to volunteer on your own schedule, and hike a beautiful trail while at it?

As a trail ambassador, you will help us at the ABWF educate visitors at popular trails about proper LNT principles, bear protocols, and more! The A-B needs us to identify high-use areas and help inform folks to responsibly access them.

Volunteering as a TA, you will travel to a high-use trail head and greet people as they enter the wilderness, kindly checking in with them to make sure they have the knowledge they need to reduce impact. This year, we also welcome TA's to hike the first few miles of the trail to survey impact and continue to greet hikers.

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Lake Abundance Creek Trail #389 (Round Two) 2021 Aug 5, 2021 – Aug 11, 2021

Status: 3/7 spots available.

Work: On this project, we will support a Forest Service trail crew to reroute a half mile section of trail and remove a puncheon (wooden walkway used to cross wet areas). The wood and materials that made up the old puncheon will be removed by horse packers who assist the project.

Description: Leaving from the Lake Abundance Trailhead (from Cooke City), we will hike six miles to our base camp and worksite, which lies at the confluence of Lake Abundance Creek Trail #389 and Horseshoe Trail #109. We will work within a half mile of our campsite each day. Our overnight camping gear will be carried in (8/5) and out (8/11) by horse packers who assist the project.

Difficulty: More strenuous. While the six-mile hike to and from the work site is not particularly challenging, the work of rerouting trail and removing puncheon material is on the more difficult side. If you are interested in this project but concerned about your ability to do the work, please email [email protected] and we can talk it through! Let's get after it!

Group size: Seven Volunteers

Meeting time & location: 8:00 a.m. at the Colter Campground. The approach to the Lake Abundance Trailhead requires a vehicle with clearance and is most easily done with 4WD. While we cannot encourage volunteers to carpool, please contact us if this is a concern and we can work to find a solution!

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Ethnobotany, Cheyenne Beliefs, and Connection with the Landscape 2021 Aug 15, 2021

Presenter Bio: Linwood Tall Bull is from the Northern Cheyenne Nation in Montana. He is an ethnobotanist and cultural consultant for Chief Dull Knife College and a Dog Soldier Society Headsman. He currently serves on the Elderly Advisory Board at the Brinton Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming. Linwood is also the Chairman of the Medicine Wheel Alliance of the Big Horn Mountains.

Hike Description: Linwood Tall Bull will lead a small group on a hike at Lake Fork of Rock Creek near Red Lodge, Montana. On this two-hour educational hike, he will share plant stories and their uses. He will also share the relationship of the Cheyenne people to all things the Creator placed on earth. The group may also gather chokecherries, tea leaves, and turnips if available.

Meeting Time and Location: 9:00 AM, Lake Fork Rock Creek Trailhead

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Kersey Lake - Trail #3 2021 Aug 19, 2021 – Aug 23, 2021

Status: Spots available!

Work: On this project, we will support a Forest Service trail crew to construct a puncheon (wooden walkway used to cross wet areas) and drain water off of the trail.

Description: While car camping at a FS Admin Site near Colter Campground, we will work each day on the first two miles of the infamous "Beaten Path." This will be a construction heavy project (compared a project primarily focused on clearing trail), with fewer miles of hiking involved. We will start each day by passing over a roaring section of the Clarks Fork Yellowstone River, working to help make this section of the Beaten Path ready (and dry!) for generations of hikers.

Difficulty: Moderately strenuous. Volunteers will only need to be ready to hike between 2-5 miles each day during this project. However, Puncheon construction and draining water off the trail can be a bit more physical than simply clearing trail. Please email us with questions or concerns to see if this project is a good fit for you: [email protected]

Group size: Seven Volunteers

Meeting time & location: 8:00 a.m. at FS Admin Site near Colter Campground

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Queer Hike To Glacier Lake 2021 Aug 28, 2021

Description: Are you an LGBTQ identifying person who wants to connect with the queer community around the A-B Wilderness? We invite you and a +1 to join us for a hike to Glacier Lake, near the headwaters of Rock Creek. After hiking to this beautiful spot, folks are welcome to stop in Red Lodge at Phoenix Pearl Tea & Games for snacks.

This hike is a 2.5 mile out and back (5 miles) and rises 1,000ft on a popular trail to Glacier Lake, which sits at 9,700ft.

Meeting Time and Location: 9am, Glacier Lake Trailhead

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Whitebark Pine: A Treeline Keystone Species 2021 Aug 29, 2021

Description: Join retired Forest Service Ecologist Jeff DiBenedetto for a visit to a Whitebark Pine stand that experienced a bark beetle attach around 2021. We will discuss Whitebark ecology, why it’s a keystone species, the threats posed by climate change, bark beetles and blister rust, and efforts to protect and restore Whitebark Pine stands.

We will see the effects of a bark beetle attack on the age distribution and structure of the stand (why some trees were attacked and others survived), see regeneration of Whitebark Pine in the understory, see evidence of the tree colonizing (moving upslope) alpine grasslands (is that due to warming temperatures?) and with a little luck, maybe see nutcrackers harvesting pine nuts. As a bonus, on the walk back across the alpine we can discuss or point out various alpine plant communities.

Meeting time and location: 8AM, US Forest Service Beartooth District Ranger Station

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Lake Plateau - Trail #90 (Closed for Registration) 2021 Sep 8, 2021 – Sep 13, 2021

Status: Closed, details of this project are still being confirmed.

Work: On this project, we will primarily be "brushing," which involves lopping and sawing brush and small trees encroaching the trail. We will also clear downed trees and clean water bars as needed.

Description: Leaving from the West Fork Stillwater River Trailhead, we will hike 15 miles over 1.5 days to our base camp on the Lake Plateau. From there, we will work on a beautiful half mile stretch of trail, near Owl Lake, Wounded Man Lake, and Lake Pinchot. Our overnight camping gear will be carried in and out by horse packers who assist the project.

Difficulty: More strenuous. Perhaps the most strenuous aspect of this project will be the 15 mile approach (supported by horses, over 1.5 days) which gains a total of 3,900'. From there, our work will be fairly standard for an ABWF trail project. If you have questions or concerns about the approach or work, please get in touch to [email protected] We would love to talk things through and see if you may be a good fit for this project!

Group size: Six Volunteers

Meeting time & location: 7:30 a.m. at Old Nye Fishing Access Site, just before the Stillwater Mine.

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Anderson Ridge - Trail #54 2021 Sep 16, 2021 – Sep 20, 2021

Status: Full, Accepting Waitlist

Work: On this project, we will primarily be "brushing," which involves lopping and sawing brush and small trees encroaching the trail. We will also clear downed trees and clean water bars as needed.

Description: Leaving from the East Fork Mill Creek Trailhead, we will hike six miles up East Fork Mill Creek Trail #51 to set up a basecamp near this trail's intersection with Anderson Ridge Trail #54. From here, we will ascend the Anderson Ridge Trail each day to brush and clear trail, working within 4.5 miles of our basecamp. Our overnight camping gear will be carried in (9/16) and out (9/20) by horse packers who assist the project.

Difficulty: Moderately strenuous. The six-mile approach and exit from the worksite is relatively gentle, slightly gaining elevation with the creek on the hike in. The trail we work on, however, gains elevation quickly from the basecamp. Hiking distances on work days will range from two to eight miles.

Group size: Six Volunteers

Meeting time & location: 8:00 a.m. at East Fork Mill Creek Trailhead

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