This summer the Teton Basin Ranger District of the Caribou-Targhee NF is recruiting six to eight dedicated volunteers to work as “Friends of the Jedediah Smith Wilderness”. The Teton Basin RD’s Wilderness/Trails program needs help clearing trees from the trails in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness. If you are interested in learning to use a crosscut saw, hiking on our Wilderness trails, and spending four days of your choice clearing our communities Wilderness trails in the this summer, then keep reading!
Volunteers in this program must:
- Participate in one day of USFS training on how to safely and effectively use crosscut saws to clear trails.
- Commit to work a minimum of four days throughout June, July and early August to clear, clean and maintain trails in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness.
- Coordinated with Forest Service personnel to check out tools on a trip by trip basis. You will identify your work days, then communicate with the Forest Service about work locations.
Physical Demands involved with Trail Maintenance range from light exertion to arduous exertion depending upon the task. In general, trail maintenance often involves frequent stooping, lifting, reaching, bending, carrying, and repetitive motion. Distances walked may frequently exceed five miles per day, often while carrying tools or other equipment. Objects weighing more than 50 pounds may need to be lifted or otherwise moved.
Working conditions involved with Trail Maintenance may encompass all types of weather, from hot and humid to wet and cold. Work will occur across uneven terrain, including hills, slopes, grades, and wetlands in both forested and open areas, which may present numerous slipping and tripping hazards such as rocks and tree roots, mossy stones or logs, mud and water, or loose gravel. Exposure to long periods of sunlight, wind, dust/dirt, and insects is possible.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Trail Maintenance tasks includes: first aid kit, sturdy work gloves, and sturdy leather work boots. Use of any wood cutting tool will also require the proper use of eye protection. Additionally, in the case of overhead cutting, a hard hat is required. Individual volunteers and work crews are strongly encouraged
to carry cellular phones, radios, or other communication devices whenever and wherever
possible/practical in case of emergencies.
Tools commonly used in Trail Maintenance may include one or more of the following, depending upon complexity of the task and training/certification of the volunteer: lopper, hand pruner, pruning saw, bow saw, crosscut saw, pole pruner/saw, and axe.
Training is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18th, 11am-5:30pm in the Mike Harris area near Victor, Idaho. If you are interested in signing up, but absolutely can’t make the training on June 18th, the USFS could possibly do an additional training on Friday, June 14th.