Selway_Bitterroot_Success_Story.jpgJob Corps youth join in on kiosk construction and wilderness celebration.

Staff of the Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation on September 16th joined youth from the Trapper Creek Job Corps to construct a Wilderness50 celebration kiosk near two of America’s largest wilderness areas in Montana.

The project was part of a collaborative effort between the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and the USFS.

About a dozen young people built the kiosk at the Job Corps site in Trapper Creek and eight of the youth came to the Magruder Ranger District to help install it.

SBFCF Director Sally Ferguson says the project was a great opportunity to work with a new partner – the Job Corps.

Selway_Bitterroot_Success_photo_2.jpg“We helped participants understand why we use primitive tools like the cross cut saw in wilderness,” said Ferguson. “And we’ve started a conversation about bring primitive tool skills to the Job Corps at Trapper Creek to supplement the tools they are already using.”

Julie King, Supervisor of the Bitterroot National Forest and Steve Kimball, wilderness manager for the USFS Northern Region, were on hand to celebrate, as was Trapper Creek Director Chris Feutrier.

Learn more in this article by Michelle McConnaha at the Ravalli Republic.