Iditarod National Historic Trail - Shared Stewardship

The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act, passed by Congress in 2015, directed the Secretary of Agriculture to develop a strategy to significantly increase the role of volunteers and partners in National Forest System trail maintenance. The Iditarod National Historic Trail on the Chugach National Forest was designated a Priority Area in 2018, one of only fifteen such trails in the United States. The Forest Service is coordinating with partners, communities, and volunteers to share stewardship of this unique and historic trail system.

How can I help?

A work crew works on a trail in the woods.The Forest Service and partner organizations are celebrating the Iditarod National Historic Trail by hosting stewardship events on segments of the trail.

Please join us! No trail experience is required.

2019 Dates:

June 8th

  • Help build a part of the Iditarod National Historic Trail from Rocky to Victor Creek on the Chugach National Forest near Moose Pass. For more specific event information and to sign up to volunteer, visit the website for our partner, Alaska Trails.
  • Download the flyer for this event.

June 15th

  • Help drainage improvements to the popular Winner Creek Trail. The primary focus will be on cleaning out, maintaining and improving a number of drainage ditches. There is also potential to install new drainage features, harden wet spots with gravel, and do some nearby brushing work. Register with Alaska Trails.
  • Download the flyer for this event.

July 27th

  • Join us on the Iditarod national Historic Trail for work on improving the trail- details to be announced.

Shared Stewardship

  • Fostering productive and sustainable use of our National Forest System Lands
  • Contributing to the economic health of rural communities through use and access opportunities
  • Engaging youth in conservation stewardship
  • Promoting healthy, active lifestyles
  • Ensuring lands and watersheds are sustainable, healthy, and productive
  • Serving communities

These goals are only achievable with the help of Forest Service partners, grant opportunities, volunteers, Tribes, and community engagement.