LEWISTON, Idaho – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Idaho Parks and Recreation at Hells Gate State Park, and Idaho Fish and Game will be celebrating good stewardship on National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1, at the Corps’ Hells Gate Habitat Management Unit near Lewiston along the Snake River.
Groups and individuals are invited to volunteer their time and effort performing maintenance on the trail system at Hells Gate HMU that benefits the Lewiston-Clarkston community.
Maintenance activities will include removal of invasive plants, placing boulders to close unauthorized trails for restoration, picking up litter, removal of old fencing material, grooming of trails and more, according to Corps natural resources staff.
To volunteer, please contact Corps Park Ranger Connie Grant-Howell at 509-751-0245. Items that volunteers should bring with them include gloves, hat, sunscreen, water and snacks. The Corps will provide extra water, litter grabbers and trash-bags.
“The goal of this day is to take action to be good stewards of what we have for the benefit of both humans and wildlife for generations to come. This National Trails Day event is also an opportunity for the users of this area to adopt-a-trail or give back a small portion of what they have enjoyed through volunteerism,” said Mark Graves, a natural resource specialist at the Corps’ office in Clarkston, Wash. “So, if you have enjoyed the use of the trails in Hells Gate Habitat Management Unit and State Park areas and don’t mind getting a little dirty, please come join us.”
The American Hiking Society's National Trails Day® is held the first Saturday of every June.
For information about hiking and recreation opportunities in the Walla Walla District, visit the District website at www.nww.usace.army.mil/corpsoutdoors.