Northwest Montana Lookout Association

2020 Restoration Projects

Value-in-kind contributions to the Kootenai & Flathead National Forests, Glacier National Park,

and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

by our volunteers, members and partners for the 2020 project season amounted to $63,000.

 Glazing/Painting Wam 

 Window Workshop 

Project Leader:

Chuck Manning

Glazing Volunteers:

Joann&Joe Schmidt, Donald Stolte, Robert Saint Louis, Amanda McIntosh, Karen & Mark Sheets, Peter Kitts,

Nancy Manning, and Rick & Marli Davis.

Painting Volunteers:

Cindy Hemry, Angie Stafford, Tyler Rounds, Marcy Goheen, Don Stolte, Joann Schmidt, Karen Sheets,

Nancy Manning, and Rick & Marli Davis.

Value-in-kind contribution - $18,000.

Donald Stolte

Rick Davis

Chuck Manning

Kjell Petersen

Kootenai NF Repellers

  Mount Wam Project 

Kootenai NF 


NWMT-FFLA members Peter Kitts, Don Stolte, Karen&Mark Sheets, Amanda McIntosh, Tammy Bogovich, Tyler Mellem, Nancy Manning, Marli & Rick Davis, and Dan Ward (FS) participated in this year’s restoration project at Mount Wam.  The restoration included the replacement of three window sills and headers, installing all 19 of the newly refurbished windows, and the removal and replacement of all siding.  A special thank you goes out to the Montana Academy, the Youth Conservation Corp and the Chrysalis School Montana and several board members for hiking in and out supplies.

Value-in-kind contribution - $15,000.

Rick Davis, Karen Downs, Chuck Manning

 Meadow Peak Project 

 Kootenai NF 

Throughout the summer and fall we continued to put finishing touches on Meadow Peak Lookout in preparation for it being placed in the program.  The tasks included extending handrails to meet OSHA requirements and implementing a way to secure the shutters during winter months.  If everything goes as planned and with a few more tweaks, it will be ready for the general public to enjoy in 2021.  Thank you Deb & Bob Starling, Salena & Mark Beckwith, Troy Denman, and Chris Beever along with support by the Libby Ranger District Rec. Dept. for their help in bringing this project closer to the finishing line.  

A special mention to Team Leader, Chuck Manning; who devoted countless hours and energy, as he always does, to the success of this project.

Value-in-kind contribution - $4,800.



Deb Starling

Chuck Manning

  McGuire Assessment 

Kootenai NF

Kathy Butterfield, Marli & Rick Davis, Nancy & Chuck Manning along with Dan Ward, Forestry Technician -Trails, Kootenai National Forest, conducted an in-depth assessment of McGuire Lookout in preparation for an extensive restoration project next summer. 

Built in 1923, it was abandoned around 1944

and later renovated between 1983 and 1998.  

Value in kind contribution - $1,000.

Rick Davis

  Heaven's Peak Assessment 

Glacier NP

Although the lookout assessment was fairly routine, 

the trip in for an ovrnight stay was anything but.  

A very tough hike...3,000 vertical feet bushwhacking slog

through the 2003 Trapper Fire with no trail. Lookout hasn't been staffed in decades so there is no Osborne firefinder.  Stabilization work in 2012/14/16 by NPS and Mennonite crews.

Thank you volunteers Kathy Butterfield, Tammy Bogovich,

and Traute Parrie plus guide/carpenter Zach Rubin with the NPS.

Value-in-kind contribution - $2,500.

Traute Parrie

  Mount Brown Project 

Glacier NP

Mark Gunther, Amanda McIntosh, Kathy Butterfield and Greg Evans spent several days, mid-August painting Mount Brown Lookout located in Glacier National Park under the watchful eye of several area mountain goats.  They painted the entire exterior as well as some touch-up painting on the interior.  Thank you Mark, Amanda, Kathy and Greg for volunteering for this project which was supported

by the Park Service. 

Value-in-kind contribution - $4,500.

Kathy Butterfield , Greg Evans, Heidi Brown Haugen, & Chuck Manning

  Mud Lake Project 

Flathead NF

Located within the Bob Marshal Wilderness,

Mud Lake Lookout overlooks the South Fork River drainage

where Big Salmon Creek joins the South Fork of the Flathead River.  

Thank you Bob Cowdrick and Tyler Mellem

for joining Chuck Manning for this final phase of restoration.  

The first phase of this lookout project started back in 2015 and we look forward to returning in a few years to give it another coat of paint.  This final phase was supported by the in-kind generosity of Salmon Fork Outfitters.  The Salmon Forks Outfitters staff which included Payned, Jay, Doog,  Aden, and Luke took care of us and supported us like family. 

Thank you Salmon Forks Outfitters!

Value-in-kind contribution - $7,800.

Tyler Mellem, Bob Cowdrick, Chuck Manning

  Werner Peak Project 

Montana State Lands 


Werner Peak Lookout sits at 6,960 feet atop the Whitefish Mountain Range located approximately 23 miles north of Whitefish, MT. 

Chuck Stearns, Joe & Joann Schmidt, Bob Saint-Louis, Ben Cavin, 

Helen Tyree, Ray Davis, Nancy & Chuck Manning, and Marli & Rick Davis 

helped scrape and paint the exterior.  

Value-in-kind  contribution - $6,300.

Chuck Sterns

Chuck Manning

Rick Davis

Big Swede

Blue Mountain

  Forest Assessments 

Kootenai NF

Four assessments were conducted on the Kootenai NF

to help determine restoration priorities for next season.

Thanks to association volunteers Selena & Mark Beckwith and Deb & Bob Starling .

Value-in-kind contribution - $3,000.

Big Creek Baldy


Deb Starling