The Idaho Conservation League is inviting people to join its Wilderness Stewardship Program, now in its fourth year.

     The program in central Idaho involves a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service.

     According to the nonprofit organization, the goal is to protect and enhance wilderness areas and recommended areas for wilderness designation in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, which is updating its management plan, and in Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.

     Volunteer wilderness stewards commit to four wilderness patrols, during which they monitor trail conditions, mitigate human impact on the environment, note wildlife sightings and implement leave-no-trace principles. They report their findings to the Forest Service and National Park Service.

     A wilderness steward can be any person 18 or older. If a group effort is preferred, designated wilderness stewards can involve their friends or family members in their conservation work too.

     Patrols run from June 9 to Nov. 1. Stewards choose destinations, and can visit a different area on each patrol or return to the same place multiple times.

     Anyone interested in becoming a wilderness steward should fill out an application at and submit it by May 15. Potential candidates will be invited to attend a one-day stewardship skills session and training on Sunday, June 9.


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