Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation

Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation

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Interns Hannah and Brie in the FC-River of No Return Wilderness, Middle Fork Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest.
"Lochsa" - watercolor
I found this note (with $1 attached) on the Selway River Trail #4 (river right downstream from Three Links) a couple of days ago. I dropped it off at Fenn Station.
February 3 is on the horizon, please mark your calendar and join us for a fun evening of laughter, friends and fundraising. We'll be hanging our hats at the Quality Inn in Clarkston, WA 6-9 PM. Keynote Speaker - Morris Uebelacker "Wild Archaeological Places". Live Music - Sarah Swett, Flora & Clem Binninger. Silent Auction and Basket Raffle. Wine, beer & dessert!
On Saturday (07/22), we had a group of 9, to include 4 kids, hike in to Big Creek Lake. The path was heavily blocked by down trees. Although It made for fun climbing, it added some difficulty. When we hiked out on Monday (07/24), a team from your foundation, along with the Sierra Club, had cleared the path. And there were a lot of big trees down. We just wanted to say THANK YOU! It was greatly appreciated!
Two more hitches just came in. Intern Heather Morris describes her experience in "the new world".
If you run into a trail crew while out on a hike, use some new vocab and you'll gain a little respect from us folks diggin' in the dirt!

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

06/23/2021

“Working in Wilderness creates a feeling, a state of mind that crept up and then slammed into me once identified…I cannot do the Wilderness justice. You must come see for yourself, for she speaks on her behalf far better than I ever could.”

Read our latest SBFC Wilderness Blog by WRF Alex Grahe at the link below:

https://www.selwaybitterroot.org/blog-for-editing/2021/6/what-i-didnt-know

📷: @tkeenephotography

“Working in Wilderness creates a feeling, a state of mind that crept up and then slammed into me once identified…I cannot do the Wilderness justice. You must come see for yourself, for she speaks on her behalf far better than I ever could.”

Read our latest SBFC Wilderness Blog by WRF Alex Grahe at the link below:

https://www.selwaybitterroot.org/blog-for-editing/2021/6/what-i-didnt-know

📷: @tkeenephotography

06/18/2021

Our crews wrapped up their first hitch this week! 💪🪓🌲🥾

From snowstorms to high heat, it was a wild week of Wilderness work all across the Selway and the Frank.

A huge round of applause 👏 for our staff and WRF’s for all the hard work out on the trails, and excited for many more adventures ahead!

Our crews wrapped up their first hitch this week! 💪🪓🌲🥾

From snowstorms to high heat, it was a wild week of Wilderness work all across the Selway and the Frank.

A huge round of applause 👏 for our staff and WRF’s for all the hard work out on the trails, and excited for many more adventures ahead!

06/15/2021

Get a sneak peek into our staff and Wilderness Ranger Fellows training in this week’s blog post! Follow WRF Liesl (pictured here single-bucking like a boss!) as she gives us a glimpse into the whirlwind few weeks of axe skills, safety training, working with pack stock, and enough PowerPoints to make you dizzy.

Read on at the link below:
https://www.selwaybitterroot.org/blog-for-editing/2021/6/2021seasontraining

Thanks for sharing, Liesl, and have a blast out there on the trails!

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Get a sneak peek into our staff and Wilderness Ranger Fellows training in this week’s blog post! Follow WRF Liesl (pictured here single-bucking like a boss!) as she gives us a glimpse into the whirlwind few weeks of axe skills, safety training, working with pack stock, and enough PowerPoints to make you dizzy.

Read on at the link below:
https://www.selwaybitterroot.org/blog-for-editing/2021/6/2021seasontraining

Thanks for sharing, Liesl, and have a blast out there on the trails!

Want these updates delivered directly to your inbox? Sign up for our mailing list at selwaybitterroot.org 📩

Timeline Photos 06/08/2021

Every season, we ask our staff and Wilderness Ranger Fellows to write a blog about their experiences on hitch.

We are kicking off the 2021 season with "An Ode to My Boots" by WRF Parker DePond. He wrote this ode in anticipation of the upcoming season, and it makes us think we all should take some time to appreciate where our boots (and our feet!) have carried us.

Stay tuned every Tuesday for a new perspective from our crews digging in to do Wilderness work in the Selway and the Frank! Read more at the link below.

Want these blogs directly in your inbox? Sign up for our mailing list! 📩

https://buff.ly/2RyhUi6

Every season, we ask our staff and Wilderness Ranger Fellows to write a blog about their experiences on hitch.

We are kicking off the 2021 season with "An Ode to My Boots" by WRF Parker DePond. He wrote this ode in anticipation of the upcoming season, and it makes us think we all should take some time to appreciate where our boots (and our feet!) have carried us.

Stay tuned every Tuesday for a new perspective from our crews digging in to do Wilderness work in the Selway and the Frank! Read more at the link below.

Want these blogs directly in your inbox? Sign up for our mailing list! 📩

https://buff.ly/2RyhUi6

Timeline Photos 06/05/2021

Happy National Trails Day, everybody! 🌲 🌞 ⛰️ 💛

Happy National Trails Day, everybody! 🌲 🌞 ⛰️ 💛

Timeline Photos 06/04/2021

Tomorrow is National Trails Day and we still have a few spots open on our project in the Bitterroot! If you're looking for a great way to spend your Saturday, get out in nature, and give back to your community, look no further 👀 Join us at 9am at the Rock Creek Trail on the south side of Lake Como!

Send an email to [email protected] for more information and to register. See you on the trails!

Tomorrow is National Trails Day and we still have a few spots open on our project in the Bitterroot! If you're looking for a great way to spend your Saturday, get out in nature, and give back to your community, look no further 👀 Join us at 9am at the Rock Creek Trail on the south side of Lake Como!

Send an email to [email protected] for more information and to register. See you on the trails!

06/03/2021

Earlier this week we dug in with UM Wilderness Policy and Packing to clear Big Creek Trail! 🪓🥾💪

Featuring cross cut saw lessons, some serious hard work, and a lot of laughs, we had a total blast! We love the chance to help train and educate, and provide access to these amazing trails in our backyard. Thanks to everyone who made this project a success!

Earlier this week we dug in with UM Wilderness Policy and Packing to clear Big Creek Trail! 🪓🥾💪

Featuring cross cut saw lessons, some serious hard work, and a lot of laughs, we had a total blast! We love the chance to help train and educate, and provide access to these amazing trails in our backyard. Thanks to everyone who made this project a success!

Outdoor Conversations with Emma Walker 06/01/2021

Outdoor Conversations with Emma Walker

Join SBFC's Community Engagement Manager Alyssa Pearson tonight from 7-8pm as she speaks with local author Emma Walker about her latest book, "Dead Reckoning: Learning from Accidents in the Outdoors."

As wildlands enthusiasts, we all know a thing or two about close calls. Tonight, Alyssa and Emma will chat about staying safe in the outdoors, and share a few stories from their travels. We hope to see you all there! Registration for this virtual event is at the link below. Thanks to Rediscovered Bookshop for hosting this event!

https://www.rdbooks.org/event/outdoor-conversations-emma-walker

Outdoor Conversations with Emma Walker Rediscovered Books and Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation partner in conversation with author Emma Walker for her new book Dead Reckoning: Learning from Accidents in the Outdoors. Outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers alike won't want to miss this!

Partnership looks to post trail ambassadors on St. Mary Trailhead 06/01/2021

Partnership looks to post trail ambassadors on St. Mary Trailhead

What a wonderful spotlight on our volunteer Trailhead Ambassador program. Many thanks to Ravalli Republic for sharing the word. We're so excited to see you all out on the trails!

https://ravallirepublic.com/news/local/partnership-looks-to-post-trail-ambassadors-on-st-mary-trailhead/article_5232b465-da49-5efa-a3ab-c93f9f8965bb.html

Partnership looks to post trail ambassadors on St. Mary Trailhead This summer, hikers to St. Mary Peak will have an opportunity to interact with foundation volunteers at the trailhead as part of the Bitterroot Forest’s first Trailhead Volunteer Ambassador program.

Year-Round Funding Help for Local Outdoor Recreation 05/27/2021

Year-Round Funding Help for Local Outdoor Recreation

We are so excited to get to work out in the Wilderness this season!

https://klyq.com/year-round-funding-help-for-local-outdoor-recreation/

Year-Round Funding Help for Local Outdoor Recreation Keeping those trails open around the state.

05/27/2021

📣 We are so excited to be launching a new program this season: the St. Mary Trailhead Ambassadors! 📣

Calling all volunteers who love St. Mary as much as we do and who want to join SBFC in helping build a community of responsible wilderness trail users.

The St. Mary Peak Trail is the busiest trail on the Bitterroot National Forest. In 2020, trail usage increased by 23%. We designed this program to protect the integrity of our National Forest Lands while promoting safe and responsible use and access!

The St. Mary Trailhead Ambassadors will be stationed at the St. Mary trailhead on Saturdays in July and August. There, they’ll greet visitors, answer questions, and provide information on Wilderness, Leave No Trace practices, and trail tips.

For more information and to register, check out the link below:
https://www.selwaybitterroot.org/volunteer-other

📣 We are so excited to be launching a new program this season: the St. Mary Trailhead Ambassadors! 📣

Calling all volunteers who love St. Mary as much as we do and who want to join SBFC in helping build a community of responsible wilderness trail users.

The St. Mary Peak Trail is the busiest trail on the Bitterroot National Forest. In 2020, trail usage increased by 23%. We designed this program to protect the integrity of our National Forest Lands while promoting safe and responsible use and access!

The St. Mary Trailhead Ambassadors will be stationed at the St. Mary trailhead on Saturdays in July and August. There, they’ll greet visitors, answer questions, and provide information on Wilderness, Leave No Trace practices, and trail tips.

For more information and to register, check out the link below:
https://www.selwaybitterroot.org/volunteer-other

Photos from Discover Bitterroot National Forest's post 05/26/2021

Come join us this summer as a Trailhead Ambassador! More details at our website:

https://www.selwaybitterroot.org/volunteer-other

05/25/2021

Our Wilderness Ranger Fellows got their feet wet (and their hands dirty!) this weekend working hard to help clear Wilderness Gateway 🥾🪓💪

They got the job done and then some! Trails aren’t going to know what hit then this season. We are so grateful for such a hardworking, passionate, and fun loving group of Fellows this year! 🧡

Follow along and hear about each Fellow’s experience this summer through our blog. Learn more at the link below:

https://www.selwaybitterroot.org/blog

Our Wilderness Ranger Fellows got their feet wet (and their hands dirty!) this weekend working hard to help clear Wilderness Gateway 🥾🪓💪

They got the job done and then some! Trails aren’t going to know what hit then this season. We are so grateful for such a hardworking, passionate, and fun loving group of Fellows this year! 🧡

Follow along and hear about each Fellow’s experience this summer through our blog. Learn more at the link below:

https://www.selwaybitterroot.org/blog

05/21/2021

Our seasonal staff and Wilderness Ranger Fellows are HERE 🥳

We just spent a week in training, and absolutely loved getting to know each and every one of these folks 🤩

From Wilderness First Responder medical training and education on the Wilderness Act (we’ve had our fair share of PowerPoints for the year!), to braving the weather for crosscut saw, traditional tool use, and pack stock training, there was a lot learned this week and a lot of laughs along the way.

We cannot wait for a phenomenal season with everybody. To learn more about our staff and WRF, visit the links below:

https://www.selwaybitterroot.org/our-fellows
https://www.selwaybitterroot.org/staff

Our seasonal staff and Wilderness Ranger Fellows are HERE 🥳

We just spent a week in training, and absolutely loved getting to know each and every one of these folks 🤩

From Wilderness First Responder medical training and education on the Wilderness Act (we’ve had our fair share of PowerPoints for the year!), to braving the weather for crosscut saw, traditional tool use, and pack stock training, there was a lot learned this week and a lot of laughs along the way.

We cannot wait for a phenomenal season with everybody. To learn more about our staff and WRF, visit the links below:

https://www.selwaybitterroot.org/our-fellows
https://www.selwaybitterroot.org/staff

Timeline Photos 05/19/2021

Summer is around the corner and we are counting down the days until we are back out on the trails finding sweet views like this one! Where are you planning to backpack or hike this year? Tell us in the comments below ⬇️

Summer is around the corner and we are counting down the days until we are back out on the trails finding sweet views like this one! Where are you planning to backpack or hike this year? Tell us in the comments below ⬇️

Timeline Photos 05/12/2021

Here at SBFC, we're all about hard work...with a view! 💪 👀 ⛰️ ⛏️

There are still a few spots remaining on our volunteer trips! Take the best working vacation you've ever had this summer with SBFC.

Visit selwaybitterroot.org/volunteer for more info.

Here at SBFC, we're all about hard work...with a view! 💪 👀 ⛰️ ⛏️

There are still a few spots remaining on our volunteer trips! Take the best working vacation you've ever had this summer with SBFC.

Visit selwaybitterroot.org/volunteer for more info.

Timeline Photos 05/08/2021

Many thanks to you, Montana! Our hearts are so full, and we are incredibly thankful for every one of you who supported SBFC for #missoulagives 💚💚💚

We truly couldn't do what we do without our wonderful Wilderness community. Thank you for sharing your love of wild places with us, and for helping us care for our beloved Selway and Frank. Thanks to your support, we can continue maintaining and protecting these areas for generations to come.

Thank you, thank you--we'll see you on the trails!

Many thanks to you, Montana! Our hearts are so full, and we are incredibly thankful for every one of you who supported SBFC for #missoulagives 💚💚💚

We truly couldn't do what we do without our wonderful Wilderness community. Thank you for sharing your love of wild places with us, and for helping us care for our beloved Selway and Frank. Thanks to your support, we can continue maintaining and protecting these areas for generations to come.

Thank you, thank you--we'll see you on the trails!

05/07/2021

You all have been workin hard 🥳 #missoulagives2021 is wrapping up and we are nearing our fundraising goal! We are SO grateful for your support, Missoula. Thank you for helping us keep our Wilderness wild! 🧡🧡🧡

Three more hours to give! Link below:
https://www.missoulagives.org/organizations/selway-bitterroot-frank-church-foundation-98206cd6-4796-42d2-981b-bfb8e1f3ae87

You all have been workin hard 🥳 #missoulagives2021 is wrapping up and we are nearing our fundraising goal! We are SO grateful for your support, Missoula. Thank you for helping us keep our Wilderness wild! 🧡🧡🧡

Three more hours to give! Link below:
https://www.missoulagives.org/organizations/selway-bitterroot-frank-church-foundation-98206cd6-4796-42d2-981b-bfb8e1f3ae87

05/07/2021

The countdown in ON! 7 hours left of #missoulagives and we have $650 to go to meet our fundraising goal. Share the Wilderness love and help us meet our goal by 7pm MST tonight! Together, we can make a difference for these wild places that we love. Thank you for your support!

Visit the link below to give:
https://www.missoulagives.org/organizations/selway-bitterroot-frank-church-foundation-98206cd6-4796-42d2-981b-bfb8e1f3ae87

The countdown in ON! 7 hours left of #missoulagives and we have $650 to go to meet our fundraising goal. Share the Wilderness love and help us meet our goal by 7pm MST tonight! Together, we can make a difference for these wild places that we love. Thank you for your support!

Visit the link below to give:
https://www.missoulagives.org/organizations/selway-bitterroot-frank-church-foundation-98206cd6-4796-42d2-981b-bfb8e1f3ae87

05/07/2021

Thank you, Idaho! We are full of gratitude for each and every one of you who helped make this year's Idaho Gives fundraiser a success. Thanks to your support, SBFC will continue to grow our programming to maintain and protect the amazing Wilderness we have in the great state of Idaho. We are so grateful for your generosity, and excited for the trails ahead of us this season. Thank you, thank you!

Thank you, Idaho! We are full of gratitude for each and every one of you who helped make this year's Idaho Gives fundraiser a success. Thanks to your support, SBFC will continue to grow our programming to maintain and protect the amazing Wilderness we have in the great state of Idaho. We are so grateful for your generosity, and excited for the trails ahead of us this season. Thank you, thank you!

05/07/2021

⏰ Under three hours left of #idahogives and holy cow, we are at 87% of our goal!!!

THANK YOU to our amazingly supportive community. We couldn’t do what we do best—being out on the trails and keeping them accessible for all (like this beautifully restored trail!)—without you. Please, if you are able, help us reach our fundraising goal by midnight ✨

PS: @idahogives is giving a little extra for folks who get donations in these final hours. Donate now and you could help us win a bonus!!

⏰ Under three hours left of #idahogives and holy cow, we are at 87% of our goal!!!

THANK YOU to our amazingly supportive community. We couldn’t do what we do best—being out on the trails and keeping them accessible for all (like this beautifully restored trail!)—without you. Please, if you are able, help us reach our fundraising goal by midnight ✨

PS: @idahogives is giving a little extra for folks who get donations in these final hours. Donate now and you could help us win a bonus!!

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322 E Front St.
Boise, ID
83702

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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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