Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation

Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation


We so appreciate our partnership and volunteers with the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation!
It was a lot of fun today at the Oval! Blistery day with lots of good people. Thanks for coming! There are just a few spots left. Sign up now or email me with questions.

Thank you Great Burn Conservation Alliance Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation Wild Montana Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation Missoula Back Country Horsemen for joining us!
The warm weather the past few days has us really daydreaming about summertime and our upcoming 2022 season.

We are excited to share that we will be collaborating with Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation on a project in August. The trip is open to women of all ages and experience levels! Whether a seasoned trail worker or a first time backpacker, this will be a great opportunity to join an awesome group of women in the stunning Frank Church Wilderness.

Click the link below to learn more, and contact us directly if you are considering signing up!
Our friends with the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation are hosting two volunteer trails projects this summer on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests!

On June 4 (National Trails Day!), SBFC invites volunteers to join them at the Colgate Licks Nature Trail for annual trail maintenance and to replace aging interpretive signs. Info & Registration:

On August 27, SBFC and volunteers will visit the hugely popular Jerry Johnson Hot Springs for trail maintenance, site cleanup, and other tasks to help maintain the site's wild character. Info & Registration:

To sign up for either volunteer project, please visit the links above. For more information or if you have questions, please contact the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation. #NPClwNF #SBFC #Volunteer #GetOutdoors
🥾 Registration is now open for two great Wilderness volunteer projects happening this summer on your Bitterroot National Forest! #trailstuesday Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation
Congratulations to this year's wilderness grant award recipients! Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation
Members of our team were honored to be recognized today as part of the 2021 U.S. Forest Service Chief's Awards along with members of the National Wilderness Skills Institute's Core Team: Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, Society for Wilderness Stewardship, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS), and Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation.

From the Awards Program: Before each field season, interagency wilderness, river, and trail managers, field technicians, partners, and volunteers typically come together for training in different locations. With limitations on in-person gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a core team of Forest Service employees and partners organized the National Wilderness Skills Institute—the first-ever national field-based virtual training for wilderness and wild and scenic river stewards.

On May 24-28, 2021, the team hosted a week of online training and virtual activities for field employees and partners at all levels of experience. Seventy interactive sessions were offered over the course of the week. Participants included over 900 Forest Service employees, volunteers, and interagency and nongovernmental partners from across the United States, joined by international participants from Austria, Canada, Ecuador, and Jordan.

#WildandScenic #NationalWildernessSkillsInstitute #rivermanagement #rivermanagementsociety #stewardship #conservation #wilderness #rivertrainingcenter
2022 VIRTUAL MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR - Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation

Mountainfilm on Tour is an annual favorite of SBFC, bringing a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary films curated from the annual Mountainfilm Festival, held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado.

In January 2022, SBFC is bringing Mountainfilm to a couch near you.

No matter your location, you have the ability to watch alongside us. From Idaho to Iowa, Montana to Maine—come celebrate the outdoors with SBFC!

This online event will start at 9 a.m. Thursday, January 6 and run to 11:55 p.m. Sunday, January 9. You have the ability to log on at any time during this period to enjoy our collection of films.

Buy festival tickets:
Buy raffle tickets:

Ticket and raffle purchases will go directly to helping SBFC get on the ground maintaining trails, educating our communities about the wild spaces we love, and providing access to the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church Wilderness Areas. Thank you for your support.
#selwaybitteroot #northface
Happy Giving Tuesday! You can support our pals at Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation here:
Happy Giving Tuesday! We're proud to partner with organizations like Trout Unlimited Alaska, Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation and Idaho Rivers United !
Always grateful for our great partners with the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation and the National Smokejumper Association working together to get the job done!
💪🌲Well done volunteers! Last Saturday in honor of National Public Lands Day, volunteers along with staff from Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation and the Darby Ranger District contributed 40 hours of service to maintain a section of the Roaring Lion Creek Trail from the trailhead to the ford/stream crossing. Together, the group cleared 38 trees that had fallen across the trail, cleaned 8 waterbars, and cut back brush along the trail corridor. This group of volunteers helped accomplish the SBFC mission of stewarding Wilderness trails, while providing additional capacity for the Darby Ranger District.

SBFC has assisted the Bitterroot National Forest in maintaining the Roaring Lion Creek Trail through multiple volunteer trail clearing projects since the 2016 fire impacted the area. The partnership helps to ensure that the trail stays accessible for recreational use. Maintaining the trail tread also helps direct foot traffic and concentrate usage on the trail, mitigating soil erosion into a stream that provides critical habitat for Bull Trout.

SBFC stewards the 4 million acre Frank Church and Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness areas across ID and MT. We are community of wilderness minded and hardworking individuals dedicated to bringing citizens and youth to wilderness to work, live, and play.

The Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation (SBFC) was originally formed as the Selway-Bitterroot Foundation in 2005. In 2011, we expanded the geographic area that we work in to include the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. We are a non-profit that serves as the primary partner of the Forest Service in stewarding the 1.3-million acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, the 2.3-million acre F

Operating as usual


Every summer, SBFC coordinates volunteer cabin hosts at several USFS backcountry stations in partnership with the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and the Bitterroot National Forest.

Volunteer hosts assist with backcountry communications and greet, educate, and help backcountry visitors, including pilots and backpackers. Volunteers also provide maintenance and general upkeep of these historic structures, as well as assist with seasonal openings and closings.

In 2017, Fred Hebert volunteered as a cabin host at Shearer Guard Station in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.

Check out our latest Archives post to read Fred's daily diary from the Wilderness!


Do you know someone passionate about wilderness and education?

Spread the word-- applications are OPEN for the second round of the Connie Saylor Johnson Wilderness Education Grant!

The grant purpose is to support wilderness education for future generations with awards of up to $1,000.

The program is open to any non-profit organization, institution, individual, or ad-hoc group working to further wilderness education.

The grant program honors the late Connie Saylor Johnson, a life-long educator and champion of Idaho and Montana Wilderness.

Learn more and check out the application:


Back in 2010, we partnered with the University of Idaho for a wilderness service learning program. Students, their advisor, and SBFC Wilderness Ranger Fellows cleaned up an old ranch inholding in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, removing 37,000 pounds of trash! 👏

Read more about their experience in our latest SBFC Archives post!


Join us next Tuesday in Missoula at the University of Montana for Mules on the Oval! We'll be tabling with a bunch of other local nonprofits, sharing info. about SBFC summer volunteer opportunities, fellowships, and Wilderness stewardship.

Come early for the mule packing demonstration by the US Forest Service at noon!

Timeline photos 03/18/2022

We love seeing wilderness license plates on the road! Did you know that upgrading to a wilderness plate helps us with boots on the ground trail work and stewardship projects! Ask for a wilderness plate next time you visit the DMV!
Do you already have a wilderness plate? 🚙 Tell us your favorite place to drive your rig!


Our friends at the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (Idaho Chapter) are hosting a volunteer workweek July 24-30 on the Lolo Trail off of Highway 12, overlooking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.

For more information or to register for this project, visit the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation's Lolo Work Week website: or email [email protected].

Timeline photos 03/09/2022

Are you daydreaming about summer? Don't forget to include a rewarding Wilderness volunteer experience as part of your summer plans!

We have a robust calendar of single and multi-day trips in the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church Wilderness areas to assist with maintaining and opening trails for public access. Our volunteer projects provide critical support to the Forest Service AND are tons of fun!

🌲Volunteers logged an incredible 12,707 hours of hands-on work last summer. Sign up today and help us accomplish even more in 2022! 🌲

Check out our list of projects and sign up today!
Can't volunteer this summer? Consider making a gift to support SBFC projects instead!

Photos from Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation's post 03/04/2022

Calling all volunteers!

We are looking for volunteers to join us this summer for the SBFC St. Mary Trailhead Ambassador Program.

In partnership with the Bitterroot National Forest, the SBFC Trailhead Ambassadors educate trail users about trail safety, how to be prepared for their hike, responsible trail use, and Leave No Trace principles. Trailhead Volunteer Ambassadors also record visitor use information and may perform routine trailhead maintenance.

Trailhead Ambassadors will be stationed at the St. Mary trailhead on Saturdays and Sundays in July and August, 2022. Volunteers are needed for 3-hour morning, afternoon, or full-day shifts. A virtual training will be provided in June.

We hope you'll join us this summer and help us build a community of responsible Wilderness trail users!

Learn more and register:


We are so pleased to announce our inaugural round of Connie Saylor Johnson Wilderness Education grant awards! 🌟

Five organizations in Idaho and Montana will receive support for wilderness stewardship projects:

Pulaski Users Group - Hailey, ID

Grangeville Elementary School - Grangeville, ID

One Stone Lab51 - Boise, ID

Helena Indian Alliance - Helena, MT

Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute - Moscow, ID

Visit to learn more!


Come join us this season! Registration for our 2022 summer Wilderness volunteer projects is now open, and we want you to join the SBFC volunteer crew. Check out a summary of our projects below, and visit for more details:

🌲Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests:🌲

* June 4 - National Trails Day at Colgate Licks Nature Trail

* August 27 - Jerry Johnson Hot Springs Clean Up

🌲 Bitterroot National Forest:🌲

* July 1-3 - St. Mary Peak Lookout Trail Opening

* September 24 - National Public Lands Day at Roaring Lion Creek

🌲 Salmon-Challis National Forest:🌲

* July 6-13 - Bighorn Crags Trails Season Opener

* August 17-24 - North Fork Elk Creek Women’s Project

🌲Payette National Forest:🌲

* August 3-10 - Telephone and Rush Creek Trails Clearing

Timeline photos 01/10/2022

🌟THANK YOU!!🌟 We want to say a HUGE thank you to all you folks who joined us this past weekend for our Mountainfilm screening and raffle! We had such a great time cozying up and watching flicks, and we hope that you did too.

We feel so lucky to have such a wonderful community that supports SBFC, and feel even luckier to have the support of our incredible 2022 Virtual Mountainfilm Sponsors! Let's give them all a standing ovation! 👏 👏 👏

Timeline photos 01/07/2022

What's your favorite film in our @mountainfilm fest? Drop your answer in the comments!

Haven't watched yet? No worries! The show is streaming through Sunday and tickets are still available! Kick back this weekend and enjoy the show 🍿

Get your tickets at



Time to press play! SBFC’s @mountainfilm on tour festival is LIVE!

These films are available for you to watch any time until 11:59pm MST on Sunday, January 9th.

We are so excited to share these flicks with you this weekend! Make yourself some popcorn 🍿 cozy up on the couch with your crew, and enjoy.

Don’t have tickets yet? No stress! Visit the link in our bio for tix and more.

All proceeds go directly to SBFC, to help us with the Wilderness work we do. As always, thank you for your support 🧡🌲


Mountainfilm on Tour is only a few days away! Our selection of films will be streaming this entire weekend 🥳

You still have time to get your screening and raffle tickets, so what are you waiting for?! Bring the outdoors in and come celebrate the season with SBFC.

For tickets and more visit or check out the link in our bio.

Timeline photos 01/01/2022

What a Sweet 16 this year has been! We feel so lucky to have spent these last sixteen years in our beloved Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church Wilderness Areas. Thank you for celebrating with us this year, and continuing our legacy of Wilderness stewardship for many years to come. Cheers to the new year and to the wild places that live in our hearts!

Timeline photos 12/29/2021

Take flight in the new year with a breakfast flight into the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness with our partner @gemairflights ⛰️

Soar from Salmon to the Flying B Ranch in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. This trip includes a gorgeous scenic flight from Salmon to the remote wilderness ranch, a good, hearty ranch breakfast, and a beautiful scenic return.

You still have a chance to win this adventure and many more through SBFC's Fundraising Raffle. There is only a limited time remaining, so get your raffle tickets while they're hot! 🔥⠀

Get your tickets at

Photos from Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation's post 12/29/2021

2021 was such a fantastic year, and one of our most successful yet! We celebrated 16 years of Wilderness Stewardship; brought 12 Wilderness Ranger Fellows into the Selway and the Frank; had over 40 projects in the Bitterroot NF, Nez Perce-Clearwater NF, Salmon-Challis NF, Payette NF, and beyond—including cabin and lookout hosting; we kicked off our Saint Mary Trailhead Ambassador program; and we got to spend our summer in the wild with YOU, our supporters and friends.

Enjoy these snapshots of some of our favorite memories from the year. Cheers to Wilderness 🎉🌲💛

Timeline photos 12/24/2021

Happy Holidays from all of us at SBFC! Cheers to friends, family, and many wilderness adventures 🏔️ 🌲

Timeline photos 12/22/2021

We love the solitude of our Wilderness in Idaho and Montana, and there is nothing better than escaping into the Selway or the Frank. But, have you ever thought about an even more remote location: Antarctica?

Union Glacier Camp is located in the spectacular and remote southern Ellsworth Mountains, on the broad expanse of Union Glacier and only accessible by air. Get a tour of Union Glacier Camp in "A Very Short Guide to Union Glacier Camp," one of the films in our @mountainfilm lineup!

Tickets are still available for our film festival and raffle and make the perfect last minute stocking stuffer ❄️ Get your tickets today at

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Our "products" aren't goods in the literal sense; We train future wilderness leaders through our Wilderness Ranger Internship Program. Every spring, University level students from across the country arrive to learn about the history behind wilderness, how to manage it and how to steward America's last wild places. The "products" we create are highly motivated and dedicated individuals who are given the training needed to be competitive for wilderness ranger positions.



322 E Front St.
Boise, ID

General information

The geographic extent of our work includes the following areas:

* The entire Selway River watershed
* The Bitterroot River watershed west of US Highway 93
* The Lochsa River watershed south of US Highway 12
* The entire Salmon River watershed, including all major forks, between North Fork, Idaho, and Riggins, Idaho

The Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our Tax Identification Number is 27-2868220.

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