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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.

2018 Dates:

June 3rd

  • Celebrate the Iditarod National Historic Trail at Mile 0 in Seward! The Seward Iditarod Trailblazers are hosting a celebration in Seward from 1:30pm – 5:00 pm at the Branson Pavilion.  Food and drinks are provided. Visit the Seward Iditarod Trailblazers Facebook page for more information.

June 9th

  • 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.

July 14th

  • Help maintain the beautiful Upper Winner Creek Trail on the Chugach National Forest near Girdwood. Make it an overnight if you prefer a weekend getaway - work on Saturday, camp in the Girdwood area and recreate on Sunday! For more specific event information and to sign up to volunteer, visit the website for our partner, Alaska Trails.

August 25th

  • Help maintain the popular and ruggedly scenic Crow Pass Trail on the Chugach National Forest near Girdwood! Make it an overnight if you prefer a weekend getaway - work on Saturday, camp in the Girdwood area and recreate on Sunday! For more specific event information and to sign up to volunteer, visit the website for our partner, Alaska Trails.

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.





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