Volunteers needed for Montana’s Benchmark trail project

CDT Montana, a branch of the Montana Wilderness Association that focuses on maintaining and supporting the Continental Divide Trail, had no problem filling most of its volunteer slots for this summer’s trail projects. That was until a longtime partner had to cancel leaving an entire project without any volunteers.

The trail maintenance project runs July 5-10, 2015 in the Benchmark area of the Rocky Mountain Front. CDT Montana is looking for four folks to help on the project but could take up to eight volunteers.

The group will car camp at the Benchmark Administration Site and will hike 2 to 4 miles a day to work sites on the trail.

The focus for the week will including clearing bushes that have crept into the trail corridor, maintaining erosion control structures and clearing out culverts.

The Benchmark trailhead is the Bob Marshall Wilderness’ most-used access points and is in need of some TLC.

The project is rated easy to moderate, and food is supplied to volunteers for the week. For information on volunteering, contact Shannon Freix at 406-499-2309 or sfreix@wildmontana.org

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