BRIEF NO. 41
The Siskiyou Mountain Club
Project
De Facto Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area
Location
NEAR THE ILLINOIS RIVER
Subject
Trailwork
The Siskiyou Mountain Club

A RELATIVELY NEW ORGANIZATION, THE SISKIYOU MOUNTAIN CLUB WAS FOUNDED IN 2009 by local residents Jillian Stokes and Gabe Howe to recruit volunteers to help their trail-clearing efforts. Eventually gaining the support of the USFS and BLM along with a 501(c)(3) designation, the group works on trails throughout BLM land and the Rogue River-Siskyou National Forest. The program also now provides seasonal employment for youth in southwest Oregon in addition to leading recreational hikes for the public.

I do it because the work is gratifying on all sorts of levels. It's exciting for me because of the people involved—and I love all of the rivers, and mountains, and plants, and animals that make this area spectacular—and the relationships I've built, and to help provide experiences to people. When you come out and engage either new staff or volunteer you're doing two things. First, you're directly helping that person come out and enjoy the wilderness, and in this area it's often a place they wouldn't have seen otherwise. Secondly by working on these trails we help provide the next user, and the user after that, a better experience—and one with a smaller impact—in the wilderness.”- Gabe Howe, SMC Executive Director
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