Recreation

 

Promoting Responsible Outdoor REcreation

The responsible access to and use of our parks, public lands, and wilderness areas is critical for the long-term health of our great outdoor spaces.

As part of our Conservation and Natural Resource management focus, the Emergency Response Team partners with various organizations to promote safe, responsible, and engaging recreation opportunities across the country - including the rehabilitation of areas designed to be wheelchair and ADA accessable. 

 

 

Access for All

Responsible recreation means allowing access for all Americans, regardless of disability.

Here, Members rehabilitate walkways in Montana's Sheepshead Picnic Area in order to ensure those with special functional needs can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.

 Year 23 members, Jake Friesen and Rebecca Miller, assist in building a new boarded walkway at Sheepshead Picnic Area, Butte, Montana, 2017

Year 23 members, Jake Friesen and Rebecca Miller, assist in building a new boarded walkway at Sheepshead Picnic Area, Butte, Montana, 2017

 
 Year 22 & 23 members, Brittany Merriman and Chandni Patel, pose on a completed bridge construction in Pipestone Pass, Montana, 2017. The bridge was constructed to mitigate recreational activity crossing the stream that was disturbing an endangered species of trout. 

Year 22 & 23 members, Brittany Merriman and Chandni Patel, pose on a completed bridge construction in Pipestone Pass, Montana, 2017. The bridge was constructed to mitigate recreational activity crossing the stream that was disturbing an endangered species of trout. 

 

Bridge Building

The Emergency Response Team has been crucial in the creation and upkeep of many bridges, both in wilderness areas and in and around campsites.

Bridges allow us to enjoy stunning natural scenery without disturbing the river habitat below. This is especially important if the river is part of the home of an endangered species, as was the case with this bridge pictured. 

 

 

 

Campground Maintenance

Camping in already established campgrounds reduces our ecological footprint on otherwise sensitive sites.

The Emergency Response Team engages in campground maintenance, like fence building, in order to ensure that these sites remain safe, functional, and attractive for future users. 

 Year 23 members, Steph Wood, Jake Friesen, and Ethan Kommer, assist in constructing a new jack-leg fence at Elk Lake Resort, Lima, Montana, 2016 (Photo by Brenna Thompson, Year 23)

Year 23 members, Steph Wood, Jake Friesen, and Ethan Kommer, assist in constructing a new jack-leg fence at Elk Lake Resort, Lima, Montana, 2016 (Photo by Brenna Thompson, Year 23)

 
 Photo by Eli Schmit, Year 24

Photo by Eli Schmit, Year 24

 

Trail Building and Maintenance

Trails and green ways are an important aspect of any community or natural space. Trails encourage people to enjoy natural areas while reducing the impact on wild spaces. The Emergency Response Team has assisted in building and maintaining a variety of wilderness trails, including biking, horseback riding, hiking, ATV, snowmobile and ski trails. 

This trail was created by Emergency Response Team members in conjunction with one of our partners, the Ozark Trail Association. 

 

Trails We've Served On

 Year 24 member, Matthew Norman, bucks up a downed tree in Montana, 2017

Year 24 member, Matthew Norman, bucks up a downed tree in Montana, 2017