Winter Wildlands Alliance’s 4th annual Day of Action in the Jedidiah Smith Wilderness was a success.  Winter Wildlands Alliance and the US Forest Service combined forces to offer a day in the dirt, coordinating volunteers on two separate projects to to help protect the places we play.  The projects included marking wilderness boundaries and building a log footbridge for both winter and summer. Both projects will help create a better backcountry experience for all travelers.

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest has found that the boundary markers are a huge success in deterring illegal motorized travel into the Jedediah Smith Wilderness and that more boundary markers were needed to complete this project.

The new permanent footbridge installed at the base of Coal Creek on the West side of Teton Pass will be used for recreation year-round, allow a safe creek crossing and access into the Jedidiah Smith Wilderness.  This well-loved trailhead is often full to capacity, especially in the winter.

This project offers a successful template for similar efforts to improve recreational access and preserve wilderness character across the country. We are excited to further our partnership with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in the coming years, as well as bringing the Winter Wilderness Stewardship project to other forests as well.   We would also like to thank our sponsoring partners who are dedicated to the success of this project, Clif Bar, Mountain Khakis, Grand Targhee Resort and Elemental Herbs.

Winter Wildlands Alliance is looking for opportunities to expand this work. If you have an idea, or would like to get involved please contact us.

spursell at winterwildlands.org