BLM seeks volunteers for National Trails Day work project on the Pinnell Mountain Trail
FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® and the 50th anniversary of the Pinnell Mountain National Recreation Trail with two volunteer trail projects June 5–6 and June 26. The public is invited to join BLM staff for one or multiple days to repair damaged sections of the trail near Eagle Summit on the Steese Highway.
“The public’s interest in repairing the Pinnell Mountain National Recreation Trail demonstrates how much people love hiking on those ridges above the tree line,” said BLM Fairbanks District Manager Geoff Beyersdorf. “With these events, we look forward not only to completing a lot of work, but also having good discussions about how to protect and maintain the trail in the future.”
Anyone interested in participating in the trail projects can find more information at the project website at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2011169/530 or by contacting the BLM at 907-474-2200 or PinnellMountainTrail@blm.gov. The BLM will provide tools and safety equipment for flattening vehicle ruts, improving drainage, and building boardwalk. The events will follow approved protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 following DOI and BLM policy, State of Alaska health mandates, and CDC guidance.
The trail project is part of BLM’s collaborative effort with other federal agencies, the State of Alaska, partners across the state, and the public to enhance the experiences and safety of all users while also being good stewards of the land for future generations. Learn more at https://www.blm.gov/alaska/recreation.
American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects. National Trails Day® is a registered trademark of American Hiking Society.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.