Supporting stewardship of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness 
and fostering appreciation of wild lands.

Slough Creek Cabin Projects

slough creekAugust 12th-16th (Tues-Sat)

PROJECT UPDATE:

Thank yous as well to Jordan & Les Denny of Laramie and Billings; Rob Forstenzer and Jack Heckles of Livingston; Janet Gale & Traute Parrie of Red Lodge; and Walt Hajducki of Connecticut.  These volunteers, plus Alyson Morris (our summer intern, WA) and myself, returned with the USFS’s Jeremy Zimmer to do a smorgasbord of work projects based out of the historic Slough Creek cabin.  Doug Moffat and his crew at the Silvertip Ranch got the eight of us in there in style by draft horse and wagon, saving long miles on foot.  We always appreciate that!

Our work repaired fence around the cabin and pasture, removed an old bridge, cleaned water bars, sprayed oxeye daisy and other noxious weeds in Frenchy’s Meadow, and cleaned the cabin.  I might have been the only one on the trip who did not fish! While the fishing wasn’t spectacular, we did have a grand time enjoying nightly campfires, and a slew of meals served up by our camp chef, David Kallenbach.  At the end, we hiked out the 13 gorgeous miles and let Jeremy’s Forest Service pack horses haul out the heavy stuff.  

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Last year’s work trip along Slough Creek at Frenchy’s Meadows was such a success that we are going back for an encore performance—for five days, August 12-16, to complete more work!  Sign up quickly.  These 8 slots went fast last year, as this is a truly unique opportunity to travel into a remote cabin at the Slough Creek Guard Station and work on volunteer projects such as trail improvements, tackling invasive weeds, and cabin maintenance.  
Because of the generosity of the great folks at the 110-year old Silvertip Ranch, we were able to catch a 2-1/2 hour, 12-mile ride in their horse-drawn wagons to their ranch.  Talk about a romantic old-west experience! 

From there it is a short two mile hike into the cabin where we will set up base, cook, sleep (volunteers can also pitch tents outside), and hang out.  A horsepacker will bring in all the food, supplies and tools we need.  It’s such a beautiful spot at the southern end of Frenchy’s Meadows along idyllic Slough Creek.  As most of you know, Slough Creek flows out of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and into the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone N.P., through an area known for its wildlife and gorgeous, lazy trout streams.  Bring your pole for after work!
The work itself rates somewhat more moderate in terms of difficulty, compared to other projects.  We will likely clear miles of trails of downed trees using cross-cut saws, clean water bars and build new ones to assist trail drainage, spray and pull noxious weeds in the Wilderness. It is one day in, three days of work, and a day back, for the 5-day total.  Maximum of 8 participants.  Food is provided.  For this one we need to charge a $100 fee to offset costs.

Slough Creek Cabin Work Week Project

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