Be a part of the solution for Idaho's incredible backcountry trails.
Join the Idaho Trails Association in promoting the continued enjoyment of Idaho's non-motorized trails by becoming a member today! The 2018 Membership Drive runs from November 18th to December 31st
As an ITA member, you are supporting:
- Trail Maintenance Projects: 1-day, weekend, and week-long non-motorized trail maintenance projects across the state.
- Crew Leader College: Educational opportunities for trail work and leadership skills.
- Youth Program: Introducing Idaho's next generation to Public Lands stewardship.
- Wilderness Monitoring: Collecting data on trail conditions and impact sites on 50-mile backpacking trips.
- Events and Outreach: Help ITA reach new volunteers and new areas of Idaho by promoting community engagement.
Idaho's trail maintenance crisis.
Any Idaho hiker is plenty familiar with downed trees, overgrown brush, and blown out trails. According to this report by the University of Idaho's College of Natural Resources Policy Analysis Group, only 30 percent of Idaho's trails are currently being maintained to standard. Thousands of miles of trail have already been lost and "without additional funding for maintenance through existing or new dedicated sources, non-motorized trail opportunities on Idaho’s national forests are likely to decline."
ITA has been committed to improving trail conditions on Idaho's non-motorized trail system since we were founded in 2010. We started with two trail maintenance projects and about 200 hours of trail volunteer time. Over the 2018 season, ITA volunteers completed 33 projects across the state, contributing 7,591 hours to public lands stewardship.
Do you love the Sawtooths, the Seven Devils, the Selkirks? ITA hosts projects across the state and are always working to bring trail maintenance to new corners of the state. Whether you want to work on your favorite trail or explore new areas, ITA has opportunities available that are sure to whet your appetite for adventure! This year, we added new projects in the St Joe and Selway Bitterroot Wilderness. By joining the Idaho Trails Association, you can help us expand our efforts to bring high-quality, volunteer trail maintenance to Idaho's non-motorized trails.
Let's save Idaho's trails together!
We hope that you will join or renew your membership with the Idaho Trails Association during our year end membership drive. Together we can make a difference and ensure that hiking and horse-packing trails continue to lead us on backcountry adventures for decades to come. Join us in 2019 for another exciting year of trails stewardship!
Thank you so much to all our members for the support, hard work, and great times out on Idaho's trails.
Jeff Halligan, Executive Director, and the ITA Board