2021 Restoration Projects

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NWMTLA members and donors receive priority on volunteer projects.

Mount Wam Lookout Project

Fortine Ranger District – Kootenai National Forest

 August  16-20

This year is the final push to finish the restoration of Mount Wam Lookout. 

 Starting in 2017 the NWMTLA began the process by conducting a thorough condition assessment which was followed by 4 years of site work.  This included squaring and leveling the structure, replacing all window sills, removing, restoring and replacing all windows and residing the exterior.  This year we will be finishing the exterior and paint the interior.  Access to MT Wam Lookout is a 5 mile hike from the Clarence Creek trailhead.

  McGuire Project 

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McGuire Mountain Lookout Project

 Rexford Ranger District – Kootenai National Forest

July 22-Aug 5

The McGuire Lookout restoration project is a Forest Service Resource Advisory Committee funded restoration project.  This project consists of squaring and leveling the structure, removing and reconditioning all windows, repairing and replacing failing exterior siding and trimming and painting both the exterior and interior of the lookout.  A tent camp will be set up (including camp cooks) for two weeks to accommodate all volunteers.  

Plan for a 2.5 mile hike from the trailhead to the lookout.

Condition Assessment

Windows Removed for Rehab

  McGuire Window Glazing Project 

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McGuire Lookout Window Glazing Project

 Murphy Lake Ranger Station – Kootenai National Forest  

July 16-29

All windows from McGuire Mountain Lookout will be removed and transported to the Murphy Lake Ranger Station to be restored.  The window sashes are failing and need to be repaired.  All glazing and glass panes will be removed from the sash and later replaced after the repair work is completed to historical standards.  Access is off Hwy 93 south of Eureka, MT.

  Big Swede Project 

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(Big) Swede Lookout Project

Libby Ranger District – Kootenai National Forest

June 21-23

Swede Lookout is a staffed lookout east of Libby.

 In 2019 the NWMTLA facilitated the replacement of the roof, and in 2020 a condition assessment was conducted to evaluate what other maintenance needed to be done to help preserve its structural integrity.  This year the lookout windows will be reglazed and painted along with other maintenance issues.  

Big Swede Lookout is a drive-to lookout.  

  Werner Peak Project 

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Werner Peak Lookout Project

 Stillwater Unit - Montana State Forest

June 25 - July 10

We started this painting project last summer but the weather forced us to stop.  This year we need to finish painting the catwalk, railing and window trim plus touchup.  

As the elevation is 6960’ a warm sunny day

will be necessary to complete this project.

This is a drive-to Lookout.

  Mount Brown Project 

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Mount Brown Lookout Project

 Glacier National Park

Sept 9 - 14

This is the final phase of the Mount Brown Lookout project.

 Last summer the entire exterior of the lookout was painted and this summer brings us to doing restoration work on the stairs, replacing siding on the lower storage area and replacing several cracked windows.

 It is approximately a 5 mile hike to the lookout and all gear will be supported by Park Service packers.

  Huckleberry Condition Assessment 

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Huckleberry Lookout Condition Assessment

Glacier National Park

TBD

Huckleberry Lookout is on a rotating three-year condition assessment cycle.  Huckleberry lookout is a staffed lookout that overlooks almost the entire North Fork of the Flathead River drainage.  

From the trailhead to the lookout is a 6 mile hike.  

  Scalplock Condition Assessment 

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Scalplock Lookout Condition Assessment

Glacier National Park

 TBD

Scalplock Lookout is on a rotating three-year condition assessment cycle.

 The trail starts at the Walton Ranger Station and climbs 4.5 miles to the lookout.  This is a staffed lookout overlooking the Middle Fork Drainage

and the southern part of Glacier National Park.  

  Loneman Condition Assessment 

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Loneman Lookout Condition Assessment

Glacier National Park

 TBD

Loneman Lookout is on a rotating three-year condition assessment cycle.  

This lookout is somewhat challenging to access as there are two water crossings; the Middle Fork of the Flathead River and Nyack Creek.

This is an unstaffed lookout with few visitors and is approximately 7 miles

from the trailhead to the lookout.