2022 Restoration Projects

  Meadow Peak Project 

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Meadow Peak Lookout

June 26-30, 2022

2022 brings to a close the final phase of the Meadow Peak Lookout project which started in 2015.  This lookout will serve the general public for future generations to experience the uniqueness and tranquility of fire lookout life.  The late 2022 spring snowpack delayed access to this drive-to lookout; however, in late June we were able to complete this project as planned.  Thanks to Mike Burham, John Zardis, Chuck Manning, Rick Davis, and his daughter Lindsay who did the final touchup scraping and painting to make it look just as it did when constructed in 1957.  A special thank you also goes out to the Kootenai National Forest Heritage Program and the Libby Ranger District who assisted us throughout the project period.

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Rick Davis

Chuck Manning

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 Mount Wam Project  

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Mount Wam Lookout 

The Mount Wam project was delayed for two weeks due to trail access across Clarence Creek.  The late spring runoff caused the delay.  The lookout door was flown  out to be restored in 2021 and back in late spring to be reinstalled by Chuck Manning.  The lookout shines with a new coat of paint thanks to Don Stolte and Karen Sheets who battled the mosquitoes to get it done.   The Youth Conservation Corp helped pack in and out tools and food along with shovels and a rock bar which was needed to start digging a new outhouse hole.  The Youth Conservation Corp is an amazing group of young people willing to take on any task.  Thank you YCC!

Kootenai National Forest

July 25-28, 2022

 

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Donald Stolte

Chuck Manning

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  McGuire Project 

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Kootenai National Forest

August 1-7, 2022

 

McGuire Man Lookout 

McGuire Lookout is in the Recreation.gov rental program and is a very popular destination lookout.  The Forest Service removed it from the program during the first week on August so the NMLA could finish some tasks that were not completed in 2021.  These tasks were to put the final touches on the shutters for both the lower and cupola windows.  Volunteers Helen Tyree, Joe and Joann Schmidt, Rick Davis, Chuck Stearns, Chuck Manning and John Wilson worked tirelessly to accomplish what needed to be done.  An outhouse pit was started and will be finished next year so the outhouse structure can be moved to a new location.  The Youth Conservation Corp helped pack in supplies and water for our 5 day stay.

 Thank you YCC! 

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Rick Davis

Chuck Manning

  Mount Brown Project 

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Glacier National Park
August 23-30

 

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 Big Swede Project 

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 Kootenai National Forest

Dates determined by volunteers

Registration Closed - Project Fully Staffed

  Big Creek Baldy Project 

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Project Completed

Kootenai National Forest

 

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Deb Starling

  NW Peak Condition Assessment 

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Registration Closed - Project Fully Staffed

Kootenai National Forest

Dates determined by volunteers

  Robinson Condition Assessment 

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Registration Closed - Project Fully Staffed

Kootenai National Forest
Dates determined by volunteers

  Star Condition Assessment 

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Kootenai National Forest

August 8-9, 2022

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Star Peak Assessment

The Star peak Lookout Assessment was led by Bob Lambrecht.  NMLA volunteers Katie Marsonette, Karen Sheets, and Greg Evans joined Bob in conducting this assessment which was an important task to document its condition so the Cabinet Ranger District can prioritize a restoration sequence.  If everything goes as planned, the restoration of this lookout will begin in the next couple of years.    

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  Apgar Assessment 

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Glacier National Park
August 1, 2022

 

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Apgar Lookout Assessment 

Karen Downs, Kathy Butterfield, Mike Barham and Greg Evans conducted a condition assessment on Apgar Lookout.  Kathy Butterfield led this year’s assessment which is done every three years.  The NMLA painted Apgar lookout in 2016 and it is still in good condition structurally but is already in need of a fresh coat of paint.  Hiking to this lookout is very popular as it is close to Apgar Village and is accessed by a well-maintained trail.  

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  Numa Ridge Assessment 

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Registration Closed - Project Fully Staffed

Glacier National Park
Dates determined by volunteers

  Swiftcurrent Assessment 

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Glacier National Park
August 10, 2022

 

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Swiftcurrent Lookout

Swiftcurrent lookout is the highest point accessed by trail in Glacier.  Kathy Butterfield was the lead on this assessment and was joined by Chris Holdhusen, Molly Tingley, and Mike Barham.  Swiftcurrent is a staffed lookout and is very well maintained.  Molly Tingley reported weather August 10th at Swiftcurrent Lookout as being “51° and winds at 20-25 mph with gusts up to 31 mph”.  

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Chris Holdhusen

Mike Barham

Molly Tingley

Project History

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