Do you think every wilderness user should have the opportunity to learn skills to help them minimize their impact?
Volunteer on your own schedule, hike a beautiful trail, be a Trail Ambassador!
More and more people are accessing the A-B Wilderness, many of them first time or novice wilderness users. Trail Ambassadors are volunteers who support these folks as they discover the value of wild spaces. TA’s provide users the information and tools they need to care for their surrounding environment, while also reminding experienced backcountry users of practices that are too often overlooked.
What Trail Ambassadors Do:
- Attend a brief, virtual or in-person training session that prepares attendees, regardless of experience, to be a TA (May)
- Hike some the A-B’s popular routes, making friendly contact with users in the parking lot and along the trails (June-September)
- Provide information, handouts, and free materials to help users decrease their impact
- Document useful data that the ABWF processes and passes along to the Custer-Gallatin Forest
Who can be a Trail Ambassador?
Trail Ambassadors range from seasoned A-B Wilderness users to folks who are just discovering a passion for wild spaces and have little backcountry experience. Regardless of their familiarity with the A-B, Trail Ambassadors attend a short training (either virtually or in-person) that prepares them to step into the role with confidence. We invite interested folks of all ages and experience levels to volunteer, and we are committed to giving each TA the training and resources they need to have a positive impact.
Trails that need Trail Ambassadors:
- East/West Rosebud Trails
- The entirety of the Beaten Path
- Lake Fork and West Fork Rock Creek Trails
- Pine Creek Lake Trail
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Many thanks to our TA business partners!
- CleanWaste Technologies of Belgrade; for providing us with waste disposal bags.
- Sylvan Peak Enterprises of Red Lodge; for providing P-cord and trowels to hand out.
- Timber Trails of Livingston; for providing P-cord and trowels to hand out.