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Thank You for your interest in Volunteering with the Bonners ferry Ranger District. Caring for the Land and Serving People is our goal. Volunteers are a very important part of achiving this.
The Bonners Ferry Ranger District maintains over 300 miles of trail in the Selkirk, Cabinet, and Purcell Mountains of Northern Idaho and Northwestern Montana. Much of the maintenance is done by individual volunteers from across the country and volunteer groups from national organizations and local clubs. The trails lead hikers to peaks with magnificent views of Idaho, Washington, Montana, and Canada. Other trails lead to crystal clear alpine lakes, through old growth forests, and through varied habitats from dry Ponderosa Pine stands to thick, wet Cedar and Hemlock forest.
Many of the volunteer positions may be appropriate for school work-study and/or internship programs. Any of the positions can provide an excellent learning experience and chance for personal growth. Our programs are geared towards teaching and training volunteers as well as accomplishing necessary District tasks. We have opportunities not yet listed on this web site, and we are also open to creating an experience specific to the needs of an individual or group of volunteers.
Volunteers will serve along with the Forest Service trail crew and other volunteers and volunteer groups. The work is strenuous, including hiking 12+ miles per day, carrying a pack up to 50 pounds, digging trail with hand tools including the pulaski and shovel, moving rocks, and building bridges. We will be outdoors every day in the mountains in all weather. Several 5-8 day camps are planned for work in remote areas.
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