Pictured: Toilet Bowl Feature at Spencer Trails in Whitefish. FAMB manages and maintains Spencer Trails, including payment of over $5,000 annually in Special Recreational Use License (SRUL) Fees to Montana DNRC. These SRUL fees enable the public use of these state trust lands for all user groups. Photo: Marc O/Brien
Our community stepped up and supported FAMB with conviction during the 2020 Great Fish Community Challenge. We raised a total of $38,159 from individual donors, the Circle of Giving match fund, and were even awarded the 2020 Doris Schumm Community Spirit Award in the amount of $2,500 in recognition of all that we do for our community. Here's what this successful fundraising drive will enable us to accomplish:
Hire a paid, professional trail maintenance crew (our Flathead Trail Crew) in 2021 for a second year running to clear blowdown, cut back brush in trail corridors, and improve/repair trail tread on trails throughout the Flathead.
Fund work on USFS, DNRC, and city/county-run trails, many of which can suffer from underfunding of ongoing maintenance.
Trail maintenance on multi-use trails that are chosen because they are especially favored by mountain bikers.
As our valley grows and more and more people impact our trails, help us keep up with maintenance that is critical to the environment (to prevent erosion) and to everyone's continued enjoyment of our amazing selection of trail networks.
We'll do our best to get your favorite trails cleared of blowdown as early as we can.
Expand mountain biking opportunities in the Flathead by working to bring high-potential trails not currently used extensively by mountain bikers, due to their current poor condition, into safe, rideable shape through clearing, brush cutting, and tread work.
Pay for payroll costs that we incur as we interface with USFS trails and recreation managers in the Tally Lake, Swan Lake, and Hungry Horse/Glacier View Ranger Districts, and with the DNRC and other land managers and trail network partners. This is how we get permission to work on these lands we don't own - the process is extensive and requires a ton of planning, documentation and communication.
Fund the purchase of trail maintenance and construction equipment. Trail work is tough on tools!!