Idaho Trails Association Seeking New Members

The Idaho Trails Association is conducting its annual membership drive. The ITA is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2010 to promote the continued enjoyment of Idaho’s hiking trails. The ITA accomplishes this mission by conducting field projects to maintain or construct non-motorized trails and by teaching trail maintenance skills to volunteer workers. The purpose of this membership drive is to get more people to help maintain Idaho’s spectacular hiking trails.

Idaho is blessed with over 10,000 miles of non-motorized hiking trails on public lands throughout the State. These trails are a valuable resource that takes visitors to some of the most beautiful parts of Idaho. Unfortunately, funding for the care and upkeep of the trails is far short of what is needed to keep them open and usable.

ITA was formed in 2010 to help deal with this challenge. ITA uses volunteer workers who devote their time and efforts to help keep hiking trails usable. In their first year of operation, ITA conducted one trail project with a total of 13 volunteers. Those volunteers worked on 2½ miles of trail near McCall.

Only seven years later, in 2017 ITA completed 21 projects in 12 parts of the state. A total of 215 volunteers contributed more than 5,175 hours of work time in the field sawing over 1,000 logs off the trails, fixing water bars, cutting back brush, and repairing trail treads. ITA volunteers completed work on more than 103 miles of trails. Those 5,175 hours of volunteer work also saved a lot of our taxpayer money and enabled even more trail maintenance.

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